By Gary Bogue
Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 6:23 am in Bluefin tuna.
The western Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the fastest fish in the ocean, is also on a fast track to extinction — and a new federal proposal would speed its demise.
The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ocean species and ecosystems from overfishing and bad fishery practices, has just issued the following alert:
Help Stop Plunder of Bluefin Tuna
Despite the fact that this tuna could be extinct within 10 years, the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to let Gulf of Mexico commercial fisheries increase their use of pelagic longline gear — dozens of miles of fishing line boasting hundreds of hooks — to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna, snagging bluefins in the process (not to mention other at-risk ocean swimmers).
Though the bluefin tuna weighs in at three-quarters of a ton, reaches 10 feet in length, and can zoom through the water at up to 50 miles per hour, it is no match for the deadly longlines. And the Gulf of Mexico is its only known spawning ground.
The Center for Biological Diversity needs your help to tell the Fisheries Service it should ban — not expand — pelagic longline fishing in the gulf.
Please take action now http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27814
Learn more about our fisheries campaign http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/fisheries/index.html
Thanks for caring. /Gary