Pacific bluefin tuna populations have sunk to dangerously low levels, declining to just 3 percent of their historical numbers. And most -- possibly more than 98 percent -- of these tuna that are caught and processed are immature juveniles that have never reproduced. In other words, young bluefin tuna aren't getting the chance to grow up to be parents. It's an ecological emergency and a recipe for extinction.
The international commissions that set catch levels for Pacific bluefin tuna have failed to set the necessary limits to allow populations to recover. Earlier this month the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission met to discuss Pacific bluefin -- and once again chose business as usual, which means that rampant overfishing continues.
In response to the alarming decline of the species, the National Marine Fisheries Service is considering whether to list bluefin tuna as an endangered species.
But the Service must act quickly and boldly in the face of the inevitable industry backlash. Write to the agency to request a thorough scientific review -- the next step necessary to protect these magnificent fish under the Endangered Species Act.
October 29, 2016 Action Alert ID# 443
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