Tell Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz:
Stop Leasing Our Public Waters for Commercial Net Pen Aquaculture and Restore Puget Sound for the Benefit and Use of All
Right now, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is making a major pivotal decision that will determine the health of Puget Sound for the next decade or longer.
In 2022, every lease that authorizes commercial net pens to operate in Puget Sound will expire, and global seafood corporation Cooke Aquaculture and Our Sound, Our Salmon founder Wild Fish Conservancy have both submitted applications to lease the expiring net pen sites when the existing contracts end.
Commissioner Hilary Franz is now deciding between pressure from Cooke Aquaculture to issue new 12-year leases for the company's controversial net pen operations and Wild Fish Conservancy's Taking Back Our Sound Restoration Project, a proposal to implement a large-scale, passive restoration project to ecologically restore all 130-acres of Puget Sound that have been polluted and harmed by this industry over the past three decades and to restore the public's use and enjoyment of these waters.
Commissioner Franz is required by statute to choose the proposal which is in the best interest of the public. As she prepares to make a final decision, it is urgent and critical that she hears directly from members of the public who want to Protect Puget Sound from this harmful industry.
Use the form below to send Commissioner Hilary Franz an email urging her to make the right decision for wild salmon, endangered orcas, tribal treaty rights, and the health of Puget Sound.
As an elected official, Commissioner Franz wants to hear from you what kind of Puget Sound you'd like to see tomorrow and leave for future generations.
Commissioner Franz is expected to announce a decision at any time. Don't wait to make your voice heard.
Send Commissioner Franz an Email & Tweet
STEP 2: Write & send an email to Commissioner Franz
Below is an email we've drafted to make it as easy as possible to contact Commissioner Franz about this issue.
We strongly encourage you to add at least 1-2 sentences to this email message sharing your unique perspective. This might include how you would benefit from these waters being restored and returned to the public or how the consequences of commercial net pens have directly affected you.
These types of personal messages are the most powerful and will help demonstrate to Commissioner Franz the diverse ways which commercial net pen aquaculture has harmed ecologically, economically, and culturally harmed our region.
STEP 3: Send a Tweet to Commissioner Franz
After you send your email, you'll be prompted to send a tweet directly to Commissioner Franz. This action will help to draw more public attention to this pivotal decision and important opportunity to help protect Puget Sound.
Please note, you do NOT need to add a salutation or an email signature. The intro 'Dear Commissioner Franz' and your signature (name and address) will be automatically populated and added to the email sent after you press 'Send Email'.
There are no officials for you to contact on Twitter.
If you're looking for additional ways to support this effort, check your inbox for an email with additional actions you can take.
One of the most immediate and easiest ways to can help is by sharing this action alert with others. Commissioner Franz is required to make a decision that is in the best interest of the public, so its critical that she hear directly from you and others invested in the recovery and protection of Puget Sound.
Click on the icons at the end of this email to share this action alert by social media or email and help more of the public reach Commissioner Franz.
Also, if you haven't already, please considering signing the Taking Back Our Sound Petition to Commissioner Franz. To date, over 8,500 individuals have signed on and over 121 businesses and organizations. This ongoing petition is an important tool to demonstrate to Commissioner Franz the overwhelming public opposition to commercial net pen aquaculture and support for restoring Puget Sound.
If you have other creative ideas or special skills you'd like to recommend or volunteer to support this effort, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you make possible!
Wild Fish Conservancy