The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering new regulations to protect bluefin tuna. Comments must be made to the service by December 9.
Bluefin tuna continue to see a decline in numbers due to a variety of issues including the use of longlines for fishing. Longlines, often extending for miles, hook not only bluefin but other sea creatures as well.
For these reasons, the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to develop and enforce regulations that limit the number of bluefin tuna who can be caught in longlines and to develop other, more selective methods of fishing that would bypass much of the bycatch often contained in longline fishing lines.
Please send a letter to the service by December 9 urging the agency to protect bluefin tuna.
Mr. Tom Warren
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910