To: The United States Congress; the United Nations,
I, _______________________________________, the owner/operator of the
F/v ________________________________________ am involved in commercial fishing for albacore tuna and hold a Highly Migratory Species permit. I conduct my fishing operations in both inshore waters and high seas waters (off shore).
I have caught albacore tuna, or know of albacore tuna being caught by others, with the distinct markings (scratches) of driftnets. I have sighted, or know of others whom have sighted driftnet vessels, during the past 7 years. These driftnet fishing vessels are known to be fishing for albacore tuna and are posing as a direct threat to my fishery. I feel that high seas driftnet fishing continue to deplete the ocean’s “living marine recourses”, including “existing fisheries” such as mine. As stated in the U. S. Code: Title 16, Chapter 38, sub-chapter III, 1826.
I demand that an immediate Ban on all high seas driftnet fishing be made. I also feel that compensation should be given to help cover the ocean’s loss and mine. Strong actions must be taken against the previous offenders. Congress & the President have failed to include driftnet vessels on any IUU list, or implemented any sanctions on offending countries, as stated in the U. S. code: Title 16, Chapter 38, sub-chapter III, 1826(a – 1826(i
No more high seas driftnet fishing, please! Our albacore tuna must be allowed to migrate!
We have 136 signed petitions as of now!
We incorrage fishermen from all nations to join us.This will bennifit ALL. Our Oceans are our livelyhoods & our resonsability.