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Tanzania - Stop the illegal dynamite fishing endangering human lives and coral reefs.

Tanzania - Stop the illegal dynamite fishing endangering human lives and coral reefs.

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This petition has been created by Hilary B. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Hilary B.
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TheMinister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of the Government of the Republic of Tanzania
Over the past eight years I have visited the Tanzanian coast five times. This beautiful area with its wonderful beaches, coral reefs, warm climate and friendly people is in danger of becoming an ecological disaster zone. The coral reefs are being irreparably destroyed by daily rampant dynamite fishing, resulting in a significant loss of biodiversity and fisheries productivity. Many fishermen lose their lives and limbs when employed by criminals to use explosives for fishing. Dynamite explosions can be heard all along the Tanzanian coast in daytime, especially in the areas around Dar es Salaam and Tanga. This is disastrous not only for local fishermen but also for tourism, which is the most important source of national income and the largest employer in Tanzania.
Please sign this petition to the Tanzanian government to enforce and supplement the laws against dynamite fishing, control the trade in explosives, stop corruption and save the coral reefs for the livelihoods of fishing communities and for the marine tourism sector.
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