Target: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Goal: Protect Atlantic bluefin tuna populations from inefficient fishing methods
Outdated fishing practices in the Gulf of Mexico have massacred spawning Atlantic bluefin tuna populations for decades. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering implementing new regulatory policies concerning fishing methods. Before its upcoming deadline, the NOAA will hear public comments on the issue and it must be emphatically urged to put an end to surface longline fishing which is destroying Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The Gulf of Mexico provides the only spawning ground for the Atlantic bluefin tuna. As a result of surface longline fishing practices, this bluefin population has been reduced to a minuscule percentage of its historical norm. As bycatch, trapped and hauled in species which are not the target of fishing outfits, the Atlantic bluefin tuna has been, and continues to be, the unfortunate victim of inefficient and overzealous fishing methods. Other struggling populations of marlin, sea turtles and sharks are also frequently bycatch victims.
Similar to many environmental issues, improved, sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly options do exist. More selective fishing practices available to fishermen must be made a mandatory obligation, and the use of surface longline fishing made a relic of the over-fished past. The Atlantic bluefin tuna, and many other bycatch species, need such regulations if they are to continue gracing our oceans. The fishermen themselves need improved management guidelines to halt their relentless march towards an obsolete future in which they’ll fruitlessly drag their nets through dark, lifeless waters.
Sign this petition and demand environmentally conscious changes are made to prevent the loss of the Atlantic bluefin tuna and to ensure a sustainable fishing future.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Thank you for offering an open ear to the urgent voices of concerned citizens regarding revised fishing practices for the Atlantic bluefin tuna. I am writing as one of those citizens to express the ardent truth that without new, efficient fishing methods, the already extremely compromised Atlantic bluefin tuna populations will only further disappear.
The Gulf of Mexico is the only currently known spawning area for this tuna. Sadly, surface longline fishing practices trap these fish (along with numerous other bycatch species) during their spawning routine, and have done so for decades now. With decimated populations spiraling downward, urgent measures are needed to prevent the total loss of the Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The fishing industry can over-fish their waters for only so long. Reduced fish populations mean less and less product, and less revenue for the industry. Thus, in the interest of both ecological and economic health and flourishing, improved regulations must be put in place.
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