Hi Folks, We (tuna fishermen) want to quickly do a sign on letter to oppose a CITES listing for BLUEFIN TUNA. A CITES listing will devalue the ABT fishery and penalize sushi and sportfishing businesses, YET do nothing to limit overharvest in the European countries, due to the "reservation" clause in CITES rules !
As you know we have decided to use an online petition as our way of expressing our opposition to the US supporting a Cites listing. Please go to the following link:
Sign on and feel free to pass it on. Also we all know people who do not use email but we still want their support. If you have people who don't use email then get their permission and sign them on. We need all the people we can get and I know a lot of fishermen who do not use email. They are important so please do it for them.
These sign on letters have been very successful for CHOIR. Most people while they may intend to write their own letter do not ever follow through. A sign on letter can be a very effective means of showing our government and our elected officials where people stand. We do not want to put someone's name on the list unless we have their permission. We would appreciate it if you could help us build this list. Individuals, fishermen (commercial or rec), fishing organizations, marinas, tackle shops, restaurants, fuel suppliers, marine hardware shops, etc should be the targets. We will only submit one list so please respond promptly Thanks very much,
Bruce & Marilyn S