This weekend is your last chance to sign during a government comment period to save snapper and groper fish species. On Sunday, I’ll be pulling a file of all the Care2 signers to my petition to end overfishing to be sent to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. If you haven’t already, please add your signature today.
Ten species are in critical need of protection — from black, red and gag grouper that make up the popular fish sandwich to the Warsaw grouper, a gentle giant that can grow nearly eight feet long and weigh up to 440 pounds (that sad fish imploring you to sign is a Warsaw grouper).
Additionally, red snapper populations have plummeted to just 3 percent of 1945 levels, and although they can live up to 54 years, few are older than 10. It’s a sad state of affairs for such an iconic fish.
The reason I’m blogging about this again (see my earlier post) is to reiterate just how important your signature is. Regional fishery managers are currently working on important changes to fishing rules that would strengthen limits on the numbers of fish caught annually, prohibit fishing in some areas of the ocean where imperiled fish live and limit certain kinds of fishing so populations have time to replenish themselves. And the more signatures we have in support of these changes, the better chance that Warsaw grouper and the nine other species have to survive.
If you’re in the United States — and especially if you live in the Southeast — your signature is critical for the future of these fish. Please take a moment to sign the petition — before it’s too late for the 10 species.