Tell National Geographic Not To Glorify Bluefin Tuna Fishing

Target:  National Geographic Channel

Goal:  Stop production of the National Geographic Channel’s show ‘Wicked Tuna’ which glorifies unsustainable fishing practices.

The National Geographic Channel is premiering ‘Wicked Tuna’ this weekend, a show that glorifies bluefin tuna fishing. For an organization that projects an image of education and conservation of nature, glorifying the hunt of an animal on the brink of extinction is uncalled for, and certainly shouldn’t be broadcast as entertainment. Although facing extinction if fishing practices don’t change, bluefin tuna are in high demand, particularly in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. One bluefin was sold for $736,000 this year. ‘Wicked Tuna’ will focus on a group of fishermen hunting for the dwindling fish and hoping to sell each one caught for $10,000. A show reducing the plight of a species who may not survive into to the next century to a glorified hunt has no place on any channel, especially National Geographic.

The future of the bluefin tuna is bleak. Increases in overfishing and farming, as well as a lack of management and illegal fishing, are ensuring that the bluefin tuna will become extinct. There has never been a more critical time for conservation of a species, not glorification of the hunt, than there is now. The tuna is considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because the adult population has decreased by 90%, however, endangered species protection status from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the only organization with the power to limit and prohibit trade, has been rejected.

National Geographic has been a source for education and conservation of nature. Their new show ‘Wicked Tuna’ does the opposite by encouraging the fishing of a declining population of bluefin tuna. By signing this petition you are asking the National Geographic Channel to end production of ‘Wicked Tuna’.

PETITION LETTER

Dear National Geographic Channel,

Your new show ‘Wicked Tuna’ glorifies the fishing of bluefin tuna which are seriously overfished.  For an organization that projects an image of education and conservation of nature, glorifying the hunt of an animal on the brink of extinction is uncalled for, and certainly shouldn’t be broadcast as entertainment. Although bluefin tuna populations are declining, they are still in high demand, particularly in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Bluefin can easily be sold for $10,000 plus and have reached prices as high as $736,000. A show reducing the plight of a species who may not survive into to the next century to a glorified hunt has no place on any channel, especially National Geographic.

It is noted that the show is presented along with information about sustainability and conservation of the bluefin tuna and other fish. The plight of the fisherman is also presented and viewers are asked to consider all sides of the story and make informed decisions about conservation of seafood as well as the livelihood of fishermen. Why not do a show on boycotting bluefin tuna as many chefs and restaurant owners have done? The public needs to be educated on the severity of the plight of the bluefin tuna. They soon will be gone if fishing practices are not changed.

Please change your message about bluefin tuna by ending ‘Wicked Tuna’ which encourages the fishing of a dwindling species of fish.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. sergio romero says:

    National Geographic has always showed a tendency to praise business, not just Nature, but lately it has been so much business over Nature that the educational value and reliability of their articles has declined.

  2. Fran Fulwiler says:

    You do a disservice to the need for protection of this severely over-fished species and to conservation as a whole by jazzing up the topic with the choice of title, and declining to include the topic of the widespread boycott of bluefin tuna in the program. If you do in fact have the commitment to environmental protection that you claim, you should withdraw this program.

  3. wake up people,go after the greedy companies doing all the damage,we need their names and addresses to get even.

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