Overfishing has reduced Atlantic bluefin tuna populations by more than 80 percent since industrial fishing began, yet longline fishing gear used to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna continues to catch and kill spawning western Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico.
Many of you have taken the important step of boycotting bluefin tuna. There's more you can do to help: Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service that bluefin tuna need stringent protection now and to ban longline fishing in bluefin breeding grounds.
The Fisheries Service has proposed to require "weak hooks" in the Gulf longline fisheries. While this may reduce the catch of bluefin tuna, it will not completely stop killing bluefin. In addition, these fisheries will continue to kill other imperiled wildlife such as leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles, sharks, blue marlin and white marlin.
We need your help to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna and other Gulf of Mexico wildlife from indiscriminate fishing. Please take action now.