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Last Chance to Save 10 Fish Species!

Last Chance to Save 10 Fish Species!

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.

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7:30AM PST on Jan 7, 2010

Closed!

10:58PM PST on Dec 26, 2009

i wanted to sign but its closed already, if you have a new one let us know

2:58AM PST on Dec 3, 2009

:( Closed :(

12:03AM PST on Dec 2, 2009

i wanted to sign but its closed im sorry

7:16PM PST on Nov 25, 2009

It's sad how our species is destroying the planet :[

8:45AM PST on Nov 25, 2009

I would've singed but it's closed :(

12:40PM PST on Nov 23, 2009

Already signed the petition. Thanks.

12:40PM PST on Nov 23, 2009

Thanks for the info.

10:24AM PST on Nov 23, 2009

I hope that we made a difference

7:49AM PST on Nov 23, 2009

I've signed the petition and I'm going to ask my close friends that they sign up for your website to give thanks this year. I grew up near beautiful lakes and the delicate balance in the waters need to be restored!

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