More than 7,000
engaged stakeholders submitted pictures of themselves to demonstrate their
support for a strong rule and help create a bluefin tuna photomosaic. The Pew Charitable
Trusts would like to recognize and thank Dr. Guy Harvey whose stunning artwork
served as the image.
Earlier this year, you and
more than 190,000 others urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, or NOAA, to protect depleted bluefin tuna from wasteful surface
longline fishing. In response, NOAA recently released proposed measures aimed
at protecting this incredible fish.
While the proposed rule is a start, changes are needed to better protect
bluefin.Surface longlines, stretching
up to 40 miles and strung with hundreds of baited hooks, catch target fish,
such as swordfish, and more than 80 unintended marine species, such as bluefin
tuna. In 2012, because of this
uncontrolled catch, surface longline fishermen exceeded their bluefin quota and
were required to throw back, dead, almost 25 percent of the entire U.S. bluefin
allotment. Much of this waste occurred in important areas off North Carolina
and in the Gulf of Mexico, the only known spawning ground for western Atlantic
bluefin tuna.NOAA’s bluefin protection
proposal is a step in the right direction, but we need your help to improve it. Please join us in calling for greater bluefin
protections in the Gulf of Mexico, fair bluefin quota allocations, increased
monitoring of the longline fleet, and an end of the waste of this incredible
fish.Send your letter now!
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