Tell Norway: Protect the Arctic from destructive fishing
Bottom-trawling has already wiped out large sections of ocean life on the planet. As climate change melts sea ice which once kept the waters around Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic safe from industry, destructive fishing fleets are pushing further north into the region, ignoring the consequences for this unique ecosystem.
Tens of thousands of us, acting together, have grabbed the attention of key players in the fishing industry. But long-term, sustainable Arctic protection lies in the hands of the Norwegian Government. Norway has a strong global reputation as a leader for sustainability and responsible stewardship of its lands and waters, but if fishing trawlers are allowed to exploit pristine parts of the Norwegian Arctic this summer, that could quickly change.
On the 23rd of May, the Norwegian Parliament has the chance to start a protection process that would put Svalbard off-limits to bottom trawlers and protect these vulnerable areas, once and for all. But they need to hear from us if they are going to act!
Sign the letter to tell Norway’s Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen, to stop destructive fishing and declare a marine protected area in the Norwegian Arctic.