Praise Rules that Protect Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Praise Barack Obama and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for creating rules to protect bluefin tuna

The bluefin tuna is in danger of going extinct due to overfishing and destruction of their habitat. The United States has added new rules to protect these fish, and hopefully their population will soon rebound. The government should be thanked for acting upon this problem, as the ecosystem of the ocean depends upon these predators.

The world’s fishing fleets have decimated the number of fish and other marine wildlife found in our oceans. It is also thanks to oil spills, the accumulation of waste and plastic, and the destruction of habitats that have led to the decline of fish in our waters. Environmentalists and other marine experts have fretted over this problem, and some have even proposed closing the oceans completely so our fish can continue to survive.

The United States has responded to this situation. Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and in parts of the western Atlantic are forbidden to catch bluefin tuna. They are allowed to catch other species of tuna and large fish, but they must do so with long lines. These lines have hooks which float along the surface. However, because bluefin tuna have been known to die by these long lines, the United States is also limiting the amount of by-catch, or accidental killings of fish. Fishing vessels are also required to have a video camera that runs at all times so any illegal activity is recorded. These new regulations were posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and so far have been well received.

Hopefully with these new regulations in mind, other coastal countries will follow suit. While the bluefin tuna is a tasty and marvelous animal, they are on the verge of disappearing. The United States should be thanked for responding to this problem, and with time the bluefin tuna will rebound.


Dear President Barack Obama,

As you may well know, the bluefin tuna is in danger of disappearing. Thanks to overfishing and other human related activities, these apex predators of the sea are under threat. And it is not just the bluefin tuna who are disappearing — other marine wildlife are threatened as well.

Recently, the country passed a law that prevents the fishing of bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico and the western Atlantic. I am relieved to hear that the United States has done something to fix this problem. I hope that that these incredible creatures will make a comeback and restore balance to our aquatic ecosystems.


[Your Name Here]

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