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Hey Congress - let's stop bottom-trawling!

Mar 23, 2005
(Moved from the bottom-trawling pictures thread) I'm proposing to post the names of the subcommittee members of both the House of Representatives, and the Senate. I will also try to post the email address of each of them. I would like to suggest that those of us who are US citizens write letters to each of them to request that legislation be passed outlawing bottom trawling in all coastal US waters, and out to the 200 mile limit. We should also request the United States initiate and participate in international action to make bottom trawling an international crime punishable by trade sanctions against any country whose fisheries and fishing vessels are engaging in it. It might be beneficial for us to initiate some discussion about appropriate wording for such a letter, with as much scientific verification of the devastation caused bysuch trawling. I have the visuals you have posted, And Dr SOS sent a bit more info to me privately, but if papers and web sites offering really good scientific data are available to us, we should take advantage of that. Generally speaking, it's more effective to not use form letters, so if we could outline a suggested letter or two, with key and important phrases ,(and correct grammar and spelling) then perhaps we could each write our own. It will take a bit of time and effort, but I think we can all agree that it's worth that. I'll post this, probably in a new thread, and give people a few days to comment on whether people want to do this. I will do it on my own, but there is strenght in numbers.
Oct 7, 2004
As long as the US goverment or any US indsutry is gainging benifit from bottom trawling, nobody would give a damn what the sea would look like, after all, fish don't vote.
Mar 23, 2005
Great link

Matt, thanks! That's a great link. So far I have only skimmed the surface, but I'm going to read every bit of it. It's really good stuff.
We can get lots of ammunition from those articles.

Here is a list of all the members on the Senate subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and water:

Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island, Chairman

John W. Warner, Virginia

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
http://murkowski.senate.gov/contact.cfm Tel.#202-224-6665

Jim De Mint, South Carolina

David Vitter. Louisiana
http://vitter.senate.gov/contact.cfm Tel#202-224-4623

Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York
http://clinton.senate.gov/contact/ tel#202-224-4451

Joseph I Lieberman, Connecticut
http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm tel:202-224-4041

Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey
http://lautenberg.senate.gov/contact.html tel#202-224-3224

Barack Obama, Illinois
http://obama.senate.gov/contact/ tel#202-224-2854

To contact your own state's senators, go to www.senate.gov/contact/
from there it's easy to follow the links.

I have only listed the DC office phone numbers, but if you live in any of the states that the members represent and you want to call them or talk to them up close and in person, ( or at least to their staffers,) you can also find the addresses and telephone numbers of their local offices on their web pages. They also have fax numbers listed. If you choose to call them, ask for the staffer who deals with environmental issues, usually only found in the DC offices. If you want to fax material, it's best to let them know that you are sending it first.

Information re: the House of Representatives will follow later, I haven't gotten to that yet.

If I make this easy enough, will people do it?


Jan 22, 2004
chrono_war01 said:
As long as the US goverment or any US indsutry is gainging benifit from bottom trawling, nobody would give a damn what the sea would look like, after all, fish don't vote.

Hear, hear!
(also valid for other countries)



Sep 5, 2003
I think everybody in government should be forced to read Jared Diamond's Collapse.

(However, I suppose that would kill a lot of trees. Maybe they could share.)
Mar 23, 2005
I have a call in to a staffer at NRDC who works on this issue. I'm trying to find out if there is any current legislation in the works. When I hear from her I'll let you know. I'll get the House subcommittee members info posted soon, I promise. We already have areas in US waters where bottom trawling is banned, I'm trying to find out all the particulars about that too.

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