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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

Oct 25, 2016 Ann Bragdon
Oct 23, 2016 Lorraine Morris
Oct 22, 2016 sheilah arbuckle
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Oct 21, 2016 Nancy Toler
Oct 21, 2016 Leslie Johnson
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Oct 21, 2016 Jacqui Goodman
Oct 20, 2016 Thomas Duran
Oct 20, 2016 Dana Hakim
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Oct 20, 2016 Mari Hakkarainen
Oct 20, 2016 Leticia Sanchez
Oct 20, 2016 Monique Beriau
Oct 20, 2016 Monique Beriau
Oct 20, 2016 Maria Garcia
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Oct 20, 2016 Marion Kreuscher Please protect sea life
Oct 20, 2016 berenice cormier
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) The time tp protect our life giving planet was. YESTERDAY
Oct 20, 2016 Linda Eskew
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2016 Nina Davis
Oct 18, 2016 Elizabeth Bastos
Oct 18, 2016 Gulnara Syulgina
Oct 16, 2016 Marleen Paulus
Oct 13, 2016 Jacqui Proulx
Oct 13, 2016 Nathalie Coudrais
Oct 13, 2016 cindy stein
Oct 13, 2016 Kelly Nestelroad
Oct 13, 2016 Helga Preinesberger
Oct 12, 2016 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
Oct 11, 2016 M B
Oct 11, 2016 Merina Halingten
Oct 9, 2016 Lorri Goldman
Oct 9, 2016 Caryl Johnson
Oct 4, 2016 Andrea Ribeiro
Oct 3, 2016 chantelle corser
Oct 1, 2016 Simon Granath
Sep 28, 2016 Robin Gregory
Sep 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 22, 2016 Diani Tirado
Sep 22, 2016 Mmi Ngo
Sep 22, 2016 Margaret Vernon
Sep 20, 2016 John Walker
Sep 19, 2016 Stacey Smith
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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