The Pacific is being pillaged by longline fishing, a method of fishing with monofilament lines stretching as long as 60 miles with thousands of baited hooks. The leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles and black-footed albatross seabird have been driven to the edge of extinction and shark and billfish populations have crashed by nearly 90%. Longlining is also estimated to catch or kill about 4.4 million sea turtles, marine mammals (including dolphins, seals and false killer whales), sharks, billfish and seabirds each year.
At this time, thousands of other people like you concerned about protecting our ocean and the wildlife that calls it home have also signed the petition along with about 850 scientists from 83 countries and 300 non-governmental organizations from 54 countries.
All of the petitions will be delivered by a group of school children on June 8th, World Ocean Day, at the meeting at the UN considering the moratorium so there is little time to lose.