Every year over 1,500 bluefin tuna and
hundreds of endangered sea turtles are caught by industrial longline
fishing and tossed overboard, dead and wasted in the Gulf of
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Decades of overfishing have nearly destroyed the bluefin tuna
populations and many experts predict a complete crash of the bluefin
stocks. Not only are bluefin tuna highly endangered, they also contain
high amounts of mercury. One of the largest of the tuna species,
bluefin tuna often contains mercury levels nearly triple that of the
more common yellowfin and skipjack tuna.
Despite being high in mercury and on the brink of extinction, the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing a new rule that
would allow bluefin tuna to continue to be caught indiscriminately by
industrial longline fishing fleets.
The current proposal simultaneously takes away fishing opportunities
from recreational harpoon fishermen and gives longliners a free pass by
increasing their bluefin tuna quota allocation. This is not an
acceptable solution for the imperiled bluefin nor the sea turtles
caught by indiscriminate longline hooks.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project and allies have already called
for an outright end to surface longline fishing in the Gulf, whose
unpredictable hooks kill sea turtles and juvenile bluefin before they
mature. Please click here to take action by April 28 to help save the Bluefin tuna