SEAS the DAY!!!! The Gulf and our oceans need your support!!!
The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which was appointed by President
Bush in 2001, recently released its final report to the President and
Congress. The Commission recommended practical, cost-effective
solutions to achieve healthy oceans. Now is the time to contact
President Bush and ask him to act on the Commission's recommendations,
before he presents his response to the Commission's report on December
Our Gulf and oceans are at a critical crossroads. Overfishing,
pollution, destruction of wetlands, and poorly planned coastal
development have negatively impacted our marine environments for far too
long. While the health of the Gulf and our oceans remain threatened, we
can reverse their decline by following the Commission's recommendations.
The Commission recommends that the President:
· Reform the management of our marine fish populations to ensure
that catch levels are determined by science-based conservation needs and
that steps are taken to estimate and reduce bycatch.
· Create a New Oceans Council within the Office of the White
House to coordinate the ocean stewardship responsibilities of government agencies.
· Promote ecosystem-based management of ocean resources, coasts,
and their watersheds. They also recommend limiting coastal development
in fragile areas.
· Conserve and restore coastal habitat, including funding
restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands.
· Address coastal water pollution by increased funding of
existing programs, greater coordination among agencies, and the
promotion of innovative approaches.
An electronic copy of the full report is available on the Commission
Urge President Bush to act now to protect the Gulf and our oceans. Let
the President know that he must become a champion for our oceans to
protect, preserve, and restore the health of marine ecosystems. He
needs to hear from you before he presents his response to the
Commission's report on December 20, 2004. The time to act is NOW!
Unfortunately, recent reports have indicated that the President may do
little with the Commission's recommendations - he needs to hear from you!
Please take the time to fax a short letter to President Bush, the
Council on Environmental Quality, and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council, encouraging their attention to our ailing oceans.
Below is a sample letter; please feel free to use it or create your own.
Please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues.
Write to: President George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
The Gulf of Mexico is a national treasure. With coral reefs, miles of
seagrasses, and half of all the wetlands in the U.S., the Gulf is
legendary for productive fisheries. From shrimp trawlers to
recreational charter boats, fishing is a way of life in the Gulf.
Commercial and recreational fishing are significant economic engines,
generating $800 million in commercial landings and $5.6 billion in
recreational expenditures each year. But our fisheries are in trouble:
they've been over-harvested and mismanaged.
Our oceans are at a critical crossroads. The U.S. Commission on Ocean
Policy, authorized by the Oceans Act of 2000 and appointed by you,
recently released its final report. The Commission found that our
marine resources are failing and require attention now. Our water
quality has been degraded, fisheries depleted, recreational areas
damaged, wetlands drained, our own health and security endangered, and
the economic viability of our oceans and coasts compromised.
If we act now, we can prevent the collapse of our oceans and preserve
the legacy of healthy oceans full of life. As your second term unfolds,
I ask you to lead this nation, and the world, in protecting the
environment that remains central to the economic and cultural identity
of the Gulf and our nation.
I urge you to act now through administrative action and by proposing
legislative changes to Congress to fully implement the Commission's recommendations.
The Honorable James Connaughton / Chair, Council on Environmental Quality
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500 Fax:
Julie Morris / Chair, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
3018 North U.S. Highway 301, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619 Fax: (813) 225-7015
Please fax your letter today. The President must respond to the
Commission's report by Dec. 20.
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