Online petition to end overfishing by 2015

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Industrial fishing fleets are vacuuming up our fish — we may run out by 2050! But in 48 hours, the EU could vote for a bold new plan to end overfishing by 2015. Let’s make sure fishy corporate interests don’t sabotage the deal. Click below to save our fish:

Our oceans may run out of fish by 2050, unless we rein in ruthless fishing fleets! In 48 hours, the EU Parliament could vote for a bold new plan to save our seas.

The historic proposal could end overfishing by 2015. Many members of the European Parliament support the move, but a group of countries in bed with powerful fishing interests — led by France and Spain — are building a last ditch effort to bully ‘undecided’ politicians to vote no or abstain. If we build a huge wave of public support now, we can convince parliamentarians to ensure science, not greed, determines the fate of fish.

The vote is in 48 hours — if we win, it’ll set in motion one of the strongest global crackdowns on overfishing! Sign this urgent petition and send this to everyone. When we reach 500,000, Avaaz and key leaders will deliver our message ahead of the meeting in Strasbourg:

Overfishing has already wiped out 90% of the world’s large predatory fish like tuna, sharks and cod. Europe’s fishing policy has been a colossal failure and has contributed to the collapse — 88% of Europe’s seas are overexploited, so monster boats must venture ever further to plunder the seas from Africa to the Pacific.

The stakes are high. Changing EU’s policy — from one based on greedy national quotas to one based on science and long-term sustainability — could start rebuilding healthy oceans everywhere. Yet not only are leaders from France and Spain scheming to gut this deal, the vote could be buried in a sea of other proposals and some MEPs might abstain simply because they’re unaware of the issue. But experts say our voices count! A tidal wave of public support to key European leaders is exactly what we need to save our fish.

The European Fisheries Committee has already agreed to a progressive plan — all we need to do is get behind it and give it a massive push. Sign the urgent petition to key European MEPs now and then share this with everyone:

We’ve already fought and won for our oceans. Avaaz members were pivotal in British and Australian government decisions to create the world’s two largest marine protected areas. But we’ve still got a long way to go in our struggle and right now, our fight is in Europe, one of the world’s biggest catchers and the largest consumer of fish. Let’s make sure we win this!

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alex, Lisa, Ari, Iain, Ricken, Maria Paz, Luis and the whole Avaaz team


No more seafood by 2050? (New Scientist)

Davos 2013: Iceland slams Europe over fishing policy (BBC News)

Q&A: Reform of EU fishing policy (BBC News)

UK cod collapse due to overfishing and political failure, says fisheries expert (Guardian)

OCEAN2012: A coalition of over 100 organisations, working for a brighter future for our oceans