Sign Petition

Giant Pacific Octopus

6,409 Signatures Goal: 5,000

The Giant Pacific Octopus(Enteroctopus dofleini)is the largest species of octopus in the world and an icon of the Pacific Northwest. Weighing over 150lbs and reaching lengths of up to 20 feet, divers travel from all across the globefor a chance to glimpsethese majestic creatures in their natural habitat of Puget Sound. Alki Seacrest Park, located a mere 2 miles from the Seattle City Center, is the epicenter of this budding diving ecotourism industry and is regularly home to 1-2 Giant Pacific Octopus,(or GPOs). Even more amazing, many of these very special GPOs nest and nurture between 50,000 and 100,000 eggs, which represent the future of thismagnificent species.
Despite their incredible intelligence and beauty, however, current fishing regulations do very little to protect this species. Current regulations permit the harvest of one GPO a day year-round, meaning a single ambitious diver could effectively decimate the entire Alki GPO population in a matter of days. Because of this, it is absolutely vital to the ecosystem of Puget Sound to protect this iconic creature, and the population residing at Seacrest Park represents an incredibly unique and valuable resource for divers and the city of Seattle alike. Protecting this population would empower visitors from around the world to visit and witness the majesty of our octopus population, educate the public about the importance of marine conservation, and establish Seattle as a world-class diving destination.
TheOrca, theSixgillShark, theWolf-eel – these arealliconic Pacific Northwest species that have earned the protection they deserve, and yet the Giant Pacific Octopusisconspicuously absent from this list. We request that the Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and/or the City of Seattle (1) establish a GPO harvest-free zone encompassing the marine environment surrounding Alki Seacrest Park, and (2) begin evaluating the long term consequences of limiting GPO harvesting in WashingtonState.


Sponsor

Scott Lundy slundy@gmail.com Seattle, WA 98109

Links


  • Lauren
    Lauren United States, Monaca
    Nov 27, 2016
    Nov 27, 2016
    Please stop hunting the beautiful octopus!
  • Eve Wetherell
    Eve Wetherell Australia, Narrabeen
    Oct 20, 2016
    Oct 20, 2016
    The Octopus MUST be PROTECTED and to IMMEDIATELY BAN HUNTING THESE OCEANIC ANIMALS/ They are scientifically proven to be even more intelligent than dogs and have sense of knowing what 'reflection of self is' and not thinking it is another. They have "9 BRAINS"!!!! capable of utilizing ALL 6 Senses AND "3 HEARTS"!!! capable of FEELING DEEP EMPATHY AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSES...They FEEL and THINK MUCH MORE THAN WE CAN. An octopus has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. Two hearts pump blood to the gills, while a third circulates it to the rest of the body. The nervous system includes a central brain and a large ganglion at the base of each arm which controls movement They are TOP PREDATORS of the OCEAN and it is CRITICAL that they are PROTECTED as they KEEP MICROSCOPIC AND VISIBLE sea animals and coral and sea bed grasses in balance along with the WRASSE, GROUPER and SHARK. It is VITAL IMPORTANCE that we use 'our intelligence' to PRESERVE and PROTECT The Giant Pacific Octopus. These animals are my favourite sea animals and it infuriates me how shallow hunters can be to want to cause and inflict pain, anguish, misery and slow death - remember the 9 BRAINS and 3 HEARTS the long and slow death these animals would feel as each organ tries to compensate for the other whilst it dies in pain. Hunters are murderers and let's understand their reasoning and mentality for the hunt..they LIKE to KILL they actually ENJOY the THRILL of BULLYING an animal into submission to take away the animals life just so the hunter can get a cheap ego-thrill because of his/her small shallow mind. WE MUST RISE ABOVE THESE PEOPLE AND DEMAND A STOP TO THIS DISGUSTING, IGNORANT AND ARROGANT ACTIVITY. These animals ARE PEACEFUL and it's THEIR HOME how the hell would somebody like someone coming into their home and killing them...THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS AND IT'S WRONG. Also after the PERMANENT BAN has been placed implement a Jail or community service work and MAX PENALTY for abusing the law. The coward Dylan Mayer and his side-kick should have been prosecuted SOMEBODY SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING. I am sick and tierd of gun-hoe skin divers blasting holes in peaceful animals and taking whatever the heck they want from the ocean. WE NEED MUCH MORE STRICTER LAWS TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS AND ITS' INHABITANTS. Thank you..ps...Pauly the Psychic Octopus was and still is revered by millions all over the globe...we can NOT revere one animal and disregard others of their kind - SPECISM is unacceptable - we can not revere our BLUE WRASSE and WHALES but blast shot blast holes into octopus.. One last thing it is shocking and inhumane to think how the yellow scum dylan mayer and his side kicks murdered this beautiful female giant pacific octopus - out of spite , anger and hatred these scum would have tortured her numerous times and probably slowly - she was still alive in the ute!!! It sickens me that there are pathetic people how get away with these 'things' and its all because people with HIGHER INTELLIGENCE HAVEN'T MADE A LAW TO SAY THEY CANT!!!! And if you can please prosecute this person under any law at present such as the DPI or EPA or NPWS. Thank you so much..
  • Morgan Ernst
    Morgan Ernst United States, Harborcreek
    Mar 10, 2016
    Mar 10, 2016
    I love it!! I hope they name it Casper!!!
  • phil maloy
    phil maloy United States, Kent
    Sep 07, 2015
    Sep 07, 2015
    save the GPO and protect them by making harvesting or otherwise killing them illegal... or at the very least designate protected areas at common dive spots.
See More
6409

Signatures

  • 2 weeks ago
    Lauren United States
    2 weeks ago
  • 2 months ago
    Eve Wetherell Australia
    2 months ago
  • 2 months ago
    Shelley Ottenbrite United States
    2 months ago
  • 2 months ago
    Richard Hatcher Director Oklaho Switzerland
    2 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    Gabi Janssen Germany
    6 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    Kirstie Ganobsik United States
    6 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    SUZANNE LEBON Switzerland
    6 months ago
  • 7 months ago
    Madeleine Logan United States
    7 months ago
  • 8 months ago
    bri ericksen United States
    8 months ago
  • 9 months ago
    Morgan Ernst United States
    9 months ago
  • 1 year ago
    phil maloy United States
    1 year ago
  • 1 year ago
    Patricia Holding United Kingdom
    1 year ago
  • 2 years ago
    elizabeth rose United States
    2 years ago
  • 2 years ago
    Kirsty
    2 years ago
  • 2 years ago
    chris lerch
    2 years ago
See More