Bluefin Tuna of the Western Atlantic Need Your Help
Atlantic Bluefin tuna are close to population collapse. Studies show that the western Atlantic population has declined 82% since 1970. Scientists estimate that there are only 41,000 reproductively mature bluefin tuna left in the western Atlantic.
These top-of-the-food chain tigers of the sea are worthy of our efforts to save and protect. The declining state of tuna recently made feature appearances in Time magazine and the New York Times. Unfortunately, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is considering a proposal to increase the killing of bluefin tuna in U.S. waters with all public comments due next week, December 21. In March 2010, nations around the world will vote on a proposal to prohibit the international commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna. Now is NOT the time for NMFS to increase the American catch of tuna! Let’s instead lead the world in protecting bluefin tuna.
For starters do not worsen existing regulations. Please add your words to our effort. NMFS should not rush to implement these new fishing regulations that permit the taking of more bluefin tuna. Yet, NMFS is moving quickly. Public hearing dates are Dec 14 at 3 p.m. in Silver Springs, MD and Dec 15 at 3 p.m. in Gloucester, MA. ORI must deliver your written comments on December 21.
For healthy oceans, please take up keyboard and mouse. It’s tuna time, time for tunafication. Write NMFS why you care about how we manage Atlantic bluefin tuna. Write-in $7 on the donation page and help ORI to meet the average per person costs of influencing decision-makers to save Atlantic bluefin tuna. Every holler helps when saving wildlife and ecosystems. Thanks for helping us all get heard