Overfishing is decimating Pacific bigeye tuna populations. But there's hope for this apex predator -- one of the largest of the tropical tunas -- at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission on Dec. 2. The commission is considering creating fishing quotas to help deal with the problem.
Most bigeye are caught in indiscriminate fishing nets that also sweep up other tuna, sharks, billfish and sea turtles -- anything that's attracted to the floating junk fishermen set out called fish-aggregating devices. The rest of the bigeye are caught purposefully, with longlines set out for hours dangling hundreds of hooks. Unfortunately, longlines also catch plenty of other sea life that is later discarded, dead or maimed.
Please take action and urge the U.S. delegation at the commission to control the commercial fishing that threatens to destroy our oceans.
November 28, 2013 Action Alert ID# 122
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