Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Support ESA Protections for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Overfishing has reduced Atlantic bluefin tuna populations by more than 80 percent since industrial fishing practices began. On September 21, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it will consider protecting Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act in response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition. Now is the time to voice your support for this protection.

There are two imperiled populations of Atlantic bluefin tuna: one that spawns in the Gulf of Mexico and another that spawns in the Mediterranean. The petition seeks endangered status for both populations, which are intensely overfished due to demand for high-grade sushi. Scientists estimate that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill killed more than 20 percent of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna this year, further reducing an already-imperiled species.

We need your help to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna. Your letter will help persuade NMFS to act now before it's too late.

Visit http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5116 to take action now.

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