Big Opportunity to Protect a Giant Fish
Thanks in part to your help, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, or NOAA, is considering major changes in the way it manages
Atlantic bluefin tuna. Some of these changes would reduce unintentional
catch of bluefin, but NOAA is also considering options that could undercut
protections for deeply depleted bluefin. Your voice can make all the
difference for these fish, so please send a message today!For
decades, severely depleted Atlantic bluefin tuna have been caught and killed by
surface longlines in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean. The U.S.
surface longline fishery frequently exceeds its annual share of the bluefin
quota. Now, NOAA can decide to loosen restrictions on surface longlining
or take a strong stand against this harmful fishing practice.NOAA should close the Gulf of Mexico to surface longlining to protect
spawning bluefin tuna and encourage the transition from conventional longlines
to more selective gears. It should also implement a strict limit on bluefin
mortality in this fishery and improve monitoring of the surface longline fleet
to ensure compliance with the annual limit.Please tell NOAA it’s time to stop the waste of bluefin!
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