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MessageSujet: bering sea : protecting animals   Jeu 4 Avr - 14:46

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The Bering Sea Canyons, one of the wildest regions in the ocean and deeper than the Grand Canyon, are in trouble. We preserve some of the most special places on earth to ensure their vitality, wonder, and resilience for future generations. Just as we have protected special places on land, like Yellowstone, Yosemite or Denali national parks, we need to preserve some of the most special places in the sea. The seafood industry is overfishing one of our last remaining wild places, and pollution, habitat destruction and climate change threaten to turn this rich, dynamic ecosystem into a lifeless desert. The Bering Sea, spanning more than 770,000 square miles between western Alaska and Russia's Siberia Coast, is important because it provides fish, and jobs, subsistence foods for native peoples, and even the oxygen that we breathe through the health of its ecosystems. All of this bounty is fueled by nutrient-rich upwelling along the Green Belt and up from the depths of the largest underwater canyons in the world - it's as irreplaceable as any of our national parks.

Conservation groups including Greenpeace, Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Marine Conservation Institute and more have been seeking protections for the giant underwater canyons in the Bering Sea for more than a decade. So far the organization tasking with protecting this region, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, have denied our requests to protect the Bering Sea. Instead, they sided with the fishing industry, pushing for more fishing now at the expense of healthy fisheries for generations to come. However, they named the canyons a top research priority so Greenpeace took up the challenge! In 2007, and again last summer, we brought together government and independent researchers survey the slopes of Zhemchug and Pribilof canyons. With small submarines equipped with hi-definition video cameras, we dove into these "Grand Canyons" and brought back proof of their vitality. We saw vibrant coral and sponge communities, juvenile fish nestled into sponge holds, Giant Pacific octopuses sidled up to sea fan corals, and huge nurseries for slow-to-hatch skates. Sadly, there were also scarred swaths of seafloor with nothing more than broken coral remnants where fishing gear had destroyed all signs of life.

Now, we are closer than ever to protecting the canyons. In June, government scientists will present the latest science on the canyons and their vulnerability to fishing. Once again, the Council will judge whether or not something should be done to stop the fishing that is systematically destroying this beautiful and important place. The fishing industry will be there too, no doubt urging more trawling through the canyons, choosing quick profit over this wonder of the sea. Your voice matters because these canyons belong to all of us. Together we can protect this essential part of the Bering Sea so the whole ocean system may continue to thrive. Marine reserves are a simple and proven tool to manage healthy ecosystems. When we leave the ocean alone fish return, larger, more diverse and abundant. Join us in telling the North Pacific Fishing Management Council that we have waited long enough to protect this special place, one of the most remarkable on land or in the sea: the Bering Sea Canyons.

Your support is invaluable,

Jackie Dragon

Bering Sea Campaigner
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MessageSujet: Re: bering sea : protecting animals   Jeu 4 Avr - 14:52

april the 3rd of 2013

Greenpeace teams with William Shatner to save the Bering Sea! Today, Greenpeace launched a new video featuring the voice of William Shatner calling for the North Pacific Marine Fisheries Council to protect the Bering Sea canyons from industrial fishing. Watch the video now and share with your friends! Save Kipper features a happy menagerie of domesticated animals–a fish named Kipper, a dog named Sparky, a bird named Boozer, and a cat named Fluffy–all of which have their homes shockingly destroyed by methods ranging from fire to a power saw. As Bering Sea campaigner, I work with a coalition of conservation groups including Oceana, Alaska' Big Village Network and Mission Blue, to protect this critical ocean ecosystem.

In the ocean, especially in the Bering Sea, habitat destruction by industrial fishing fleets is even more shockingly ruinous than a flaming cat tree or crushed dog house. There's no rebuilding the ancient habitat that is being destroyed. Alaska's Bering Sea is home to one of the most remarkable places in the world, an area so rich with life scientists call it 'the Green Belt.' Here, the 'Grand Canyons of the Sea' support an extraordinary ecosystem that includes fish, crab, skates, endangered sea lions, orcas, and humpback whales, but it all starts with the fragile corals and sponges on the sea floor. We need your help to protect the Bering Sea! Share this urgent issue with your friends now so we can work towards global ocean protection

Save the Bering Sea,
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MessageSujet: Re: bering sea : protecting animals   Jeu 4 Avr - 14:55

march 18, 2013

Save whales, sea lions, and polar bears: Protect the Bering Sea!

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The majority of the fish caught in the United States comes from the Bering Sea. Home to whales, seals, polar bears and underwater canyons teeming with life, the Bering Sea is one of our most productive ecosystems. Just like our national parks, we must protect ecosystems like the Bering Sea whose underwater canyons are larger than the Grand Canyon itself. Fish depend on essential habitat for their survival. You have scientific evidence that fishing gear has destroyed the coral and sponge habitats in the Bering Sea Canyons. If destructive fishing practices continue in the Bering Sea Canyons we will lose more of the fragile and long-lived coral species that provide critical habitat in this vital ecosystem.

Besides providing deep-sea refuges and nursery areas for fish and marine life in the Bering Sea, Zhemchug and Pribilof Canyons are rare ocean features that fuel the Bering Sea food web through nutrient upwelling, seeding the Green Belt. Submarine canyons like these are found in only 4 percent of the world’s oceans – and these are the largest anywhere. They are the “Grand Canyons” of the sea. Protection of these unique canyons will play a critical role in sustaining our fisheries and will provide a buffer against the scientific uncertainty that is inherent in fishery science, and insure us against costly mistakes. Marine reserves are a powerful tool for ecosystem-based management and the conservation of ocean wildlife – they have consistently proven to increase the abundance, size, and diversity of fish.

We are not the first to ask you to conserve and protect these invaluable canyons. We urge you to act swiftly now to begin a process to identify measures to protect Zhemchug and Pribilof Canyons – a national treasure that belongs to all of us.
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