Deadline 6/28: Tell NOAA to protect Oculina Bank
We, the undersigned, urge NOAA to reject the proposal to open Oculina Bank to shrimp trawling. Located off the coast of Florida, Oculina Bank is a wild place that wildlife depend on. Its deep-sea coral is essential habitat to many species of fish.
Shrimp trawling is a serious threat to this delicate and special ecosystem. It involves dragging weighted nets across the ocean floor, causing sediment plumes that smother coral reefs and prevent juveniles from settling. We can't risk harming the healthy oculina coral or the wildlife it supports.