Unfortunately, Bluefin tuna are being harmed by Atlantic longline vessels that snag the fish while trying to catch swordfish and other tuna species, according to Brian Smith, Campaign Manager of Earth Justice. "Bluefin cannot withstand this assault. The numbers are so low that they have been considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act," says Smith.
Along with tuna, longline fishing in the Atlantic injures or kills high numbers of billfish, sharks, sea turtles, whales and other animals.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed management has taken some important steps towards conserving and rebuilding Bluefin tuna – but more must be done
Please tell NMFS to take the necessary actions to end Bluefin tuna overfishing; encourage a transition to safer fishing methods; and protect other species like sharks, sea turtles, and marine mammals.