Orcas Keep Dying in Fishing Nets in the U.S.'s Largest Fishery

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: National Marine Fisheries Service

Recently, nine dead orcas were discovered tangled in fishing nets in the Bering Sea. Trawl nets, dragged through the water or along the ocean floor, are known to harm a variety of marine species, and can be deadly to wildlife. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service must act immediately to reduce the harm that trawl nets cause, including the deaths of whales, seals, sea lions, and other marine life.

Sign the petition to demand the National Marine Fisheries Service act to protect these native marine wildlife from preventable deaths!

On top of killing marine mammals, when these fishing nets sweep the seabed, they damage delicate marine habitats and disrupt the ecological balance of the marine environment. Such practices endanger various species and lead to long-term environmental consequences.

While the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act should be enough to prevent these unnecessary whale deaths, the Fisheries Service is clearly not doing enough to protect marine wildlife.

It's crucial that we address this issue now. The Bering Sea ecosystem is teetering on the edge, and further inaction by the Fisheries Service pushes it closer to an ecological disaster. 

Sign the petition to demand the Fisheries Service implement measures to prevent more whale deaths and a growing environmental disaster!

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