Securing the Future of the Gulf
The Gulf of Mexico’s biggest heroes might just be humble species like the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and the saltmarsh topminnow.
Two of the many animals that have taken a huge hit from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, their populations throttled, their habitat grossly polluted.
We consider preserving the future of the Gulf, from its diverse and rich marine and coastal ecosystems to the human communities it supports, to be a priority.
The Endangered Species Act is our Nation’s most powerful tool to safeguard the future for native animals and plants, and secure our environment for the health of people as well.
Speak out today and demand swift protections be made for these unsung heroes.
We started “Gulf Week” with the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, taking the federal government to court for failing to designate critical habitat – on land and at sea – for this beleaguered sea turtle.
Scientists agree that the Kemp’s ridley is being dramatically impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Of the 1,092 sea turtles stranded in the Gulf, 70% have been Kemp’s ridleys. More than half of all stranded sea turtles have perished.
Urge federal agencies to take action now to increase legal shields for the Kemp’s ridley and other Gulf species.
Halfway through Guardians’ Gulf Week, another oil rig exploded in the Gulf – this time off the coast of Louisiana. This latest calamity underscores the need to halt all future off-shore oil drilling to give the Gulf’s marine and coastal wildlife a break.
WildEarth Guardians wants a Gulf of Mexico with clean water and healthy wildlife. Please urge the federal government to step up for this special place.
We also filed formal petitions requesting Endangered Species Act listing for three species of grouper (the speckled hind, Nassau grouper, and goliath grouper), the fascinating Texas pipefish, the Caribbean electric ray, and the saltmarsh topminnow.
The topminnow is already suffering from the oil spill, with oil polluting its fragile and imperiled saltmarsh habitat. Stuck between coastal development and an oily sea, the saltmarsh topminnow urgently needs federal safeguards under the Endangered Species Act.
Speak up for wildlife in the Gulf by writing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, urging immediate and effective endangered species safeguards to shield the Gulf of Mexico from further disaster.
Thank you for standing up for the Gulf.