Thanks in part to your help, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering major policy changes for the management of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Some of these changes would reduce unintentional catch of bluefin, but NOAA is also considering management 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, surface longlines fishing for yellowfin tuna and swordfish have incidentally caught and killed more than 80 types of animals, including western Atlantic bluefin tuna, blue marlin, and other severely depleted marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. surface longline fishery frequently exceeds its annual share of the bluefin quota. Now, NOAA can decide to either loosen restrictions on surface longlining or take a strong stand against this harmful fishing practice.
NOAA should encourage the transition from conventional longlines to more selective gears and prohibit surface longlining year-round in the Gulf of Mexico to protect spawning bluefin tuna, and implement a strict limit on bluefin mortality in this fishery.
Please tell NOAA it’s time to end the waste of bluefin!
February 5, 2013 Action Alert ID# 49
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