Save Great White Sharks From Extinction
Add your name to the letter of support below to demand the National Marine Fisheries Service list the North East Pacific Population of Great White Sharks under the Endangered Species Act before they dissapear forever.
The Pacific coast of California and Baja California, Mexico are home to a unique population of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that are genetically distinct and isolated from all other great white sharks around the globe. Scientists estimate that only a few hundred adult and sub-adult individual great white sharks remain in this population, meaning the continued existence of great white sharks on the US west coast is at risk.
Existing protections are not adequately protecting this species. Juvenile great white sharks continue to be killed as incidental bycatch in US and Mexican commercial fishing gillnets in important nursery areas for these young sharks. Under existing regulations, there are no limits on this bycatch, nor is there sufficient observer coverage in these fisheries. In addition, juvenile great white sharks off of southern California can be caught and killed by recreational fishermen who assume any small shark is edible, when if fact they have some of the highest levels of mercury, DDT, and PCBs found in any shark species worldwide.
Our ocean ecosystems need great white sharks.
As top ocean predators, great white sharks play a critical top-down role in structuring the marine ecosystem by keeping prey populations like seals and sea lions in check. The presence of great white sharks ultimately increases species diversity of the overall ecosystem.
The North East Pacific Population of great white sharks along the US West Coast requires additional protection as an endangered species because of its low population size and the ongoing threats from human activities. Endangered Species Act listing will be critical to effectively addressing the continued bycatch of great white sharks, while promoting additional scientific research on this dwindling population.
We urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect great white sharks by listing the North East Pacific Population on the Federal Endangered Species List.
|4587||Fri Mar 07 07:57:49 EST 2014||VION Nathalie||Ancretièville , ot|
|4586||Wed Mar 05 17:56:05 EST 2014||Zoe Scott||Rancho Cucamonga, CA|
|4585||Wed Mar 05 14:24:50 EST 2014||Zoe Scott||Rancho Cucamonga, CA|
|4584||Sun Mar 02 13:01:37 EST 2014||Jeremy Herrera||Murphy, TX|
|4583||Mon Feb 24 20:21:45 EST 2014||Max Mcgrahan||ottawa, ON|
|4582||Sat Feb 22 16:58:01 EST 2014||Hazel C|
|4581||Fri Feb 21 22:43:45 EST 2014||Marisa Huber||Merritt Island, FL|
|4580||Wed Feb 19 17:45:23 EST 2014||Montana Jack-Potter|
|4579||Tue Feb 11 13:19:50 EST 2014||Peter Spaziano||Barnegat, NJ|
|4578||Wed Feb 05 16:38:13 EST 2014||Kathryn Harrell|
|4577||Mon Feb 03 16:42:15 EST 2014||Mirela Mona Prada||Cluj-Napoca,|
|4576||Mon Feb 03 16:38:55 EST 2014||Mirela Mona Prada||Cluj-Napoca,|
|4575||Sun Feb 02 16:05:00 EST 2014||Leigh James|
|4574||Sun Feb 02 06:07:29 EST 2014||Selene Rossi||Roma, CA|
|4573||Sun Feb 02 05:49:50 EST 2014||Maud Johnstonbaugh||ot|
|4572||Sun Feb 02 01:41:15 EST 2014||rija nasir||islamabad, ot|
|4571||Sat Feb 01 23:13:44 EST 2014||Debbie Low||Hiawassee, GA|
|4570||Sat Feb 01 22:41:36 EST 2014||Bronna Porzio||Hollywood, FL|
|4569||Sat Feb 01 22:41:03 EST 2014||Bronna Porzio||Hollywood, FL|
|4568||Sat Feb 01 22:40:58 EST 2014||Bronna Porzio||Hollywood, FL|
|4567||Sat Feb 01 22:02:19 EST 2014||Ashton Hazzard||MN|
|4566||Sat Feb 01 15:23:15 EST 2014||Lisa Zazzarino||AE|
|4565||Sat Feb 01 12:56:03 EST 2014||SUSHMA SACHDEV||Gurgaon,|
|4564||Fri Jan 31 05:19:23 EST 2014||Kaja Kiho||Tallinn, ot|
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