Save Bluefin Tuna From Overfishing
Atlantic bluefin tuna are incredible animals. They can streak across the ocean at speeds up to 60 mph and can dive to depths of more than 1,000 meters. Despite this speed and agility, they're no match for commercial fishing fleets.
Overfishing has brought populations of these ocean giants precariously close to collapse. Recent studies have shown that the Western stock of Atlantic bluefin has dropped by a whopping 82 percent in just four decades.
In 2011 the U.S. identified bluefin tuna as a "species of concern." While this was a step towards action, it fell short of protecting the giant fish under the Endangered Species Act.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has a new proposal to begin to address the bluefin collapse. Unfortunately, the proposal falls short on protections bluefin tuna need to make a comeback. Some critical measures weren't included -- including protecting all spawning grounds for the duration of the bluefin spawning season and independent verification for all commercial fishing vessels.
There's still a chance to put these necessary regulations into place. Please take action to urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to end overfishing of bluefin tuna.