Monday, September 29, 2008

Gulf Coast: for Fishing or for Drilling?

The moratorium on offshore drilling expires tomorrow, on September 30. Please call Congress.

The Gulf of Mexico once contained a bounty of seafood, sea turtles and other wildlife. In fact, the Gulf used to be one of the most productive marine ecosystems on our planet. But not anymore.

Many of Texas' most important fisheries now have less than 30 percent of the fish they once held. Like the canary in the mine shaft, Texas' fisheries should serve as a warning to our government about the dangers of overfishing.

Don't let the Bush administration ignore this warning. We have until Sept. 18 to make our voice heard. Send your comment online today from this page.

Over the next month, the administration will finalize its fishery rules. Not surprisingly, big industrial fishing interests will oppose good rules. We've got to counteract them with thousands of voices.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused about the intent of this post. Do you blame commercial over fishing, or oil drilling for the depletion of marine life in the Gulf? Over fishing is certainly a threat to any ecosystem, but oil rigs are anything but a threat. I know first hand that fish like oil rigs. There is an abundence of fish around oil rigs and that is not because they are harmful to the environment. I would venture to say that oil rigs have been beneficial to fish populations.

maslakon said...

to overcome this problem, in fact not an obligation of the government but the obligation of all people living on this earth who are aware of the environment. to preserve the ecosystem of fish, not by the government forbids people to fishing, but should be socialized as sport fishing techniques that catch and release, tag and release, etc. in this way in the water ecosystem is expected to be maintained.

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