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Save the Oceans, Feed the World

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Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on fishing to support and feed their families.

In many countries, families depend on fishing. Women make and mend fishing nets, bait hooks, clean and cook fish, and take fish to market. In Western Africa and Asia, up to 80 percent of seafood is marketed by women.

But these women and their families are increasingly threatened by overfishing. Governments are paying fishing fleets to deplete the oceans – to the tune of $16-20 billion per year. These subsidies are helping to empty the world’s oceans.

Don’t let coastal women and families go hungry. The US can make a difference by telling our trading partners to leave the subsidies off the table. Tell President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk to support trade agreements that reduce overfishing subsidies today.

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    Dear President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Rep. Ron Kirk,