Friday, August 7, 2009

Arctic Petition

Help Bring Arctic Protections Across the Finish Line!

Together we achieved a huge victory for the Arctic in February when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously to close the Arctic to any new industrial fishing until it can be shown that such activities would not impact the health of the ecosystem or opportunities for the subsistence way of life practiced by Arctic peoples.

Now it’s time to bring this incredible protection across the finish line. The Secretary of Commerce needs to approve the proposed Arctic Fishery Management Plan, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has concurrently released a “proposed rule” with regulations to implement this Arctic fishing plan. They are asking for public comment on whether or not to approve this measure and implement final, in-the-water regulations early next year.

Click here to see the petition and sign it!!

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