Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coral Reef Alliance Endorses Monument

A while back the Coral Reef Alliance sent me some Coral Reef Alliance t-shirts and some information booklets on coral reefs.  I forget the exact reason why.  Might have been for some marine debris removal day or something.  Or maybe they're just generous and like sending green t-shirts to environmentalists working in far off locales.  Either way, in return I sent them some Beautify CNMI t-shirts just for being so awesome.

They asked me a while back if there was anything they could do to help with the monument.  I asked if they could send a letter to President Bush asking him to protect the entire ecosystem with the strongest possible protections.  They agreed, but took it to the next level and put information about the monument on their website and asked their members to write letters to boot.

Thank you so much, Rick!

So do you want to be cool and popular like the members of the Coral Reef Alliance? Then take a minute and send an email to President Bush! Thanks!
Copy and paste the following letter into an email addressed to President George W. Bush and send it to comments@whitehouse.gov (please bcc: info@coral.org, so we can track the number of letters sent):

President George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20050

Dear President Bush,

I’m writing today to show my support for designating a Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. I urge you to conserve this valuable ecosystem with full protection for the unique geological and biological features of the area, including (1) designating the area as a no-take zone and (2) extending the boundaries of the monument to the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone around the three northern islands, including the submerged lands, the water column, and the biological life.

There are precious few marine areas on the planet where extraction is now prohibited. It would be a missed opportunity to recognize this very remote site with only half-measures. Closing the monument waters to all extraction will have no negative economic impact on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In fact, designating this area as a no-take zone will enhance tourism and help the commonwealth economically.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands represents an attractive opportunity for establishing one of the world's largest no-take marine reserves. It is a highly unique area adjacent to the deepest undersea canyon on the globe with an enormous variety of unusual habitats. I urge you to follow the bold precedent you set when you created the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in 2006. Setting aside an entire ocean ecosystem will capture the world’s imagination—and confirm the United States as the global leader in marine protection.

Thank you,

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