Under the guise of conservation, a system called "catch shares" is being pushed by the government and larger members of the fishing industry alike to make a public resource, our fish, like private property. Traditional, small-scale fishermen are being pushed out of the industry as these shares are handed out for free with most going to larger, industrial fishing operations. Worldwide, catch share programs have meant fewer jobs for fishemen - and the effects spread to whole communities - fewer fishermen means less dollars for local shops, restaurants and more. For consumers, it can mean lower quality fish and a further reliance on industrially processed foods.Privatization leads to consolidation - not conservation. Tell the government to stop privatizing our oceans now and save our traditional fishermen and coastal fishing communities!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am a U.S. citizen and am greatly concerned about privatization of our fisheries through catch share programs.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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