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Over the past 250 years, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. While science and industry scramble to understand the full impact, oceans continue to absorb as much as a quarter — approximately 530 billion tons — of this excess gas.

Extra CO2 increases acidity, reducing the amount of calcium carbonate in the water. Shell fish and coral reef, which rely on this mineral to build their shells and skeletons, are especially vulnerable to this process. Many larger fish rely on tiny marine snails and coral for food and shelter, so the effects of ocean acidification reverberate up the food chain, further depleting already struggling fish stocks.

As part of a multi-faceted solution, petition the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to designate additional Marine Protected Areas — "national parks for the sea" — providing marine life with a refuge and a fighting chance against this emerging threat.

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Dear Director Ashe:

While governments and international organizations debate the political intricacies of carbon emissions, Earth's oceans continue to absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide, resulting in increasingly acidic waters. This process, known as ocean acidification, threatens marine ecosystems throughout the world.

As a global problem, ocean acidification demands a global solution. Your organization, however, enjoys a unique position to grant immediate respite to marine life through the designation of additional Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A number of statutes—including the Endangered Species Act (1973), the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (1934) and the Wilderness Act (1964)—endow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the authority and flexibility to create new federal MPAs. In these protected zones, marine ecosystems have proven more resilient against global threats, such as warming seas and ocean acidification.

MPAs are not a panacea for ocean acidification, but as part of a coordinated response including local organizations and the international community, they do offer a short-term plan to reverse current trends. In the past, MPAs have also demonstrated unanticipated practical benefits, such as fish spillover and larval drift, helping to replenish fish stocks well beyond the area's designated boundaries. Additionally, these zones could help raise public awareness around the issue of acidification—the "hidden side" of the world's carbon crisis.

Given the imminence of ocean acidification, we cannot afford to wait for international consensus on carbon emissions. Additional MPAs offer an immediate and practical first step, and I hope your agency will exercise its legal authority to protect Earth's oceans and all who depend on them.

Petition Signatures


Aug 20, 2017 chris maes
Aug 19, 2017 Alexandra Juvancic
Aug 19, 2017 Inga Frauke Majer
Aug 19, 2017 Gity Grupe
Aug 19, 2017 Ina Kornblum
Aug 19, 2017 Marzia Aiello
Aug 19, 2017 Tina Michelakis
Aug 18, 2017 Rolf Mense
Aug 18, 2017 Nena Woelk
Aug 18, 2017 Ted Williams
Aug 18, 2017 Ana Dimic
Aug 18, 2017 Rosana rosa
Aug 18, 2017 Debbie Macmillan
Aug 18, 2017 Leonella Leoni
Aug 18, 2017 Maria van Geel
Aug 18, 2017 Denise Bonet
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Aug 18, 2017 esther kemperle
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Aug 14, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 11, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Aug 11, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
Aug 10, 2017 Quentin Fischer
Aug 10, 2017 Judith Sloane
Aug 10, 2017 Jody Kirkpatrick
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 5, 2017 Evelina Kopcheva
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Jul 28, 2017 k kern
Jul 27, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Jul 27, 2017 Maryann LaNew
Jul 25, 2017 sal cuccia
Jul 25, 2017 Suzanne Lebon BAN ANIMAL CRUELTY WHAT ABOUT THE JAPS WANTING TO THROW 1000'S OF TONS OF FUKUSHIMA WAIST IN THE OCEAN? ALREADY YOU SHUT UP HEN THEY POORED THE RADIOACTIV WATER IN IT...
Jul 24, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Jul 23, 2017 Bonnie Farmer
Jul 23, 2017 Vik Cooke
Jul 23, 2017 elena golubeva
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 21, 2017 Pat Parkin
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Moore
Jul 20, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Hurst

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