Target: Samuel Rauch, Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service
Goal: Enact a ban on fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna
The National Marine Fisheries Service recently received a legal petition urging them to take new measures to protect the Pacific bluefin tuna from overfishing. A substantial decline in the bluefin population prompted the Pacific Fishery Management Council to recommend new commercial fishing regulations but they have failed to take action. Urge Samuel Rauch, Assistant Administrator of the Fisheries Service, to establish a ban on fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna and help save the species from extinction.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific bluefin tuna have suffered a ninety-six percent decline in population since large-scale fishing began, driven by the popularity of sushi. Ninety percent of the worldwide catch is now less two years old and under three feet long, yet the average lifespan of a bluefin tuna is fifteen to twenty years old and they grow up to nine feet in length.
The tuna spawn near Japan, in the western Pacific Ocean, and some migrate to the California current as juveniles to feed on crab and herring. They typically stay for a few years before heading back to spawn off Japan’s waters. It is unknown what percentage migrates across the Pacific to the U.S. West Coast as juveniles, or how many return after spawning as large, mature adults.
Demand that the Fisheries Service protect the Pacific bluefin tuna from overfishing. Help save this species from a commercial industry that values profit over wildlife.
Dear Administrator Rauch,
I am writing to urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to place a ban on fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna and add them to the list of species that must be released immediately if caught. Saving this species requires swift, drastic action, which includes protecting them in their feeding grounds off California’s coast.
I support the Center for Biological Diversity’s legal petition, requesting the Fisheries Service take necessary measures to save the Pacific bluefin tuna from worldwide overfishing. The species has suffered a ninety-six percent decline in population since large-scale fishing began.
The commercial fishing industry and the sport fishing industry are driving the Pacific bluefin tuna toward extinction. I expect your agency to fulfill its mission of managing, conserving and protecting the living marine resources off U.S. shores. Failure to act will help facilitate extinction.
[Your Name Here]
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