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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


Jun 26, 2016 Thomas Talbot
Jun 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2016 Jillyanne Downs
Jun 23, 2016 Timi Townsend
Jun 22, 2016 KAREN MAUERMANN
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 20, 2016 Petra Jones
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 19, 2016 Angela Jensen
Jun 18, 2016 Robert Harris
Jun 18, 2016 Wendy Wilkie
Jun 16, 2016 Deborah Brown Stop killing the oceans.
Jun 16, 2016 Sarah Robbins
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2016 Susan Fox
Jun 16, 2016 Nhi Pham
Jun 16, 2016 Teresa Wright
Jun 15, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jun 14, 2016 John Chambers
Jun 14, 2016 MORERA Valérie
Jun 13, 2016 Rosina Cespedes
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Hutchens
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Jun 13, 2016 Norma & Patric Feagin
Jun 13, 2016 Andre Kruger How will it help declaring more MPA's??? It is still the same body of water yes, we should continue fighting the pollution, not try and treat the symptoms.
Jun 13, 2016 April Eversole
Jun 13, 2016 Lisa Pineiro
Jun 11, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - eowilsonfoundation.org - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 jen pinkston
Jun 10, 2016 DEBORAH KOWALSKI
Jun 10, 2016 Bobbee Murr We need a world-wide ban on factory fishing.
Jun 9, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 8, 2016 Ruby Marbury
Jun 8, 2016 Marsha Cole
Jun 8, 2016 Frances Surratt
Jun 7, 2016 natalia ilina
Jun 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2016 Sylvie MALLEVAL
Jun 6, 2016 Elena Babkin
Jun 6, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Jun 6, 2016 Paul Morse
Jun 6, 2016 Sabine G.
Jun 5, 2016 Aviva Shliselberg
Jun 2, 2016 Karla Price
Jun 2, 2016 Doyle Worley
Jun 2, 2016 Esther Clayson
Jun 2, 2016 Christian Schelthoff
May 31, 2016 Lesley Thomas

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