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Atlantic bluefin tuna are incredible animals. They can streak across
the ocean at speeds up to 60 mph and can dive to depths of more than
1,000 meters. Despite this speed and agility, they're no match for
commercial fishing fleets.
Overfishing has brought populations of these ocean giants
precariously close to collapse. Recent studies have shown that the
Western stock of Atlantic bluefin has dropped by a whopping 82 percent
in just four decades.
In 2011 the U.S. identified bluefin tuna as a "species of concern."
While this was a step towards action, it fell short of protecting the
giant fish under the Endangered Species Act.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has a new proposal to begin to
address the bluefin collapse.
Unfortunately, the proposal falls short on
protections bluefin tuna need to make a comeback. Some critical
measures weren't included -- including protecting all spawning grounds
for the duration of the bluefin spawning season and independent
verification for all commercial fishing vessels.
There's still a chance to put these necessary regulations into place.
Please take action to urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to end
overfishing of bluefin tuna.