ENFORCEMENT OF OCEAN CONSERVATION

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ENFORCEMENT OF OCEAN CONSERVATION

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We take great pride in our Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail campaigns to America's decision makers such as President Obama which, with only a few computer keyboard key strokes, can be sent by each of our members (1) to the decision maker, and (2) to all of the member's friends and acquaintances requesting them to do the same in an unending chain.

Accordingly, we also take great pride that each of our recommendations has been approved unanimously at one of our meetings or, at most, received only one dissent (in which case we say there was a "consensus" rather than "unanimity").

The salient reasons for enforcing ocean conservation are contained in the recommended E-mail to President Obama that appears below.

Additional information is available at http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org in connection with our meeting of 9/11/2013.

If you agree with the recommended E-mail to President Obama that appears below, please --

(1) send the already-prepared e-mail to President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov > “Contact Us” (upper right corner of first screen) > Submit Comments Online (from the menu half-way down the right side of the next screen) -- which will require (A) inputting your name, an e-mail address and a ZIP code, (B) selecting from the pull-down "subject" menu "Environment" under "I Have A Policy Comment," and (C) pasting into the box provided the message to President Obama that appears below. [It is also recommended that you select a salutation = "Dr." from the pull-down menu before your first name and that you check the box at the end for "Contact me - a response is requested" -- both suggestions in order to maximize the chances that the message will actually be read.]

(2) send to all your friends and acquaintances an already-prepared e-mail that comprises everything below the set of asterisks that follows this paragraph -- so that, through no more than six degrees of separation to 100% of the American population, we reach everyone in a cascading chain.


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To: All of your friends and acquaintances

Subj: CALL TO ACTION -- "SIX-DEGREES-OF-SEPARATION" E-MAIL CAMPAIGN FOR ENFORCING OCEAN CONSERVATION

Dear Friends,

I have been requested to participate in the referenced "call to action" and request that you participate as well.

The campaign is based on the fact that there are NO MORE THAN SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION between us and 100% of the American electorate.

And that, on important occasions, we can send to all of our friends and acquaintances an already-prepared e-mail (1) for them to send to America's decision maker(s) to influence governmental policy, and (2) for them to send to all of their friends and acquaintances to do the same in an unending chain.

The salient reasons for the campaign are contained in the already-prepared e-mail to President Obama that appears below. Additional information is available on http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org in connection with the meeting of 9/11/2013.

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If you agree with the proposal, please –

(1) hit your e-mail forward button and put the e-mail addresses of all your friends and acquaintances into the address section so that, through no more than six degrees of separation to 100% of the American population, we reach everyone in a cascading chain.

(2) send the already-prepared e-mail to President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov > “Contact Us” (upper right corner of first screen) > Submit Comments Online (from the menu half-way down the right side of the next screen) -- which will require (A) inputting your name, an e-mail address and a ZIP code, (B) selecting from the pull-down "subject" menu "Environment" under "I Have A Policy Comment," and (C) pasting into the box provided the message to President Obama that appears below. [It is also recommended that you select a salutation = "Dr." from the pull-down menu before your first name and that you check the box at the end for "Contact me - a response is requested" -- both suggestions in order to maximize the chances that the message will actually be read.]

NB: The http://www.whitehouse.gov e-mail form requests messages be limited to 2,500 characters. The following message is 2,471 characters including spaces and will be accepted by the e-mail form with cut-and-pasting.


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Enforcing Ocean Conservation

President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President:

I am connected with an 8-year-old politically-oriented monthly reading group which was shocked and appalled to read “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans And What We Can Do To Save Them” (Rodale Books © 2011) by one of the founders of “Oceana” which is the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.

Shocking and appalling were the failure of the nations of the world to enforce the ocean conservation provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Convention on Fishing Resources of the High Seas.

Both conventions require all “nations” (not just convention signatories) to “conserve the living resources of the high seas” which is defined in both conventions as maintaining (or restoring, where necessary) the population of each marine-life specie that is “harvested” for food.

However, according to “Oceana,” 70% of global fish stocks are over-fished and 30% have collapsed completely.

And 150 times as much area of the ocean bottom is destroyed each year by the drag nets of trawlers as the area of the earth’s rain forests that are laid waste. The ocean-bottom destruction will require many decades if not centuries to heal.

Instead of practicing the conservation required by international law, the pervasive policy of the fishing industry is “catch and move on” which is depleting fish stocks to the point of collapse and then moving on to deplete other kinds of fish stocks to the point of collapse.

And destroying the life on “seamounts” (or sea mountains in the middle of the oceans that are not high enough to break the surface to comprise islands) was pioneered by the Soviets in 1969 but comprises a special application of “catch and move on” since it occurs primarily in the “ocean deeps” of international waters.

Therefore, we implore you to take a principled stand against these willful treaty violations by virtually all of the world’s fishing nations.

[Although at first blush this may seem awkward because the U.S. has not agreed to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea while earlier agreeing to the Convention on Fishing Resources of the High Seas, both conventions are virtually identical regarding conservation and both, by their terms, permit non-signatories to enforce their provisions if close attention is paid to the term “states” as distinguished from signatories which are designated as “States Parties.”]

Thank you for your consideration.

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