Bluefin Tuna Need Our Help

The use of longlines in commercial fishing industries is contributing to a decline in bluefin tuna populations.

The use of longlines in commercial fishing industries is contributing to a decline in bluefin tuna populations.

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

Marine Mammals Face Grave Danger

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The U.S. Navy conducts underwater military training exercises that have been known to harm marine mammals.

The U.S. Navy conducts underwater military training exercises that have been known to harm marine mamals, including whales, seals, and dolphins. The number of such exercises is set to increase to a massive scale along the Hawaiian, California, and Atlantic coasts over the next five years.

By allowing the increase in sonar blasts used during training sessions, marine mammals in these areas will be subjected to incredible pain and suffering. The loud underwater explosions have been known to cause whales to beach themselves. These blasts also have caused bleeding around the animals’ ears and brains.

The National Marine Fisheries Service should protect marine mammals rather than force them to withstand increased numbers of injuries. As long as military training exercises need to take place, they should be conducted in waters where little damage can be done to sea mammals and their habitat.

Send a note to the National Marine Fisheries Service requesting a change in location for these training exercises to protect marine mammals.

Samuel D. Rauch III
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tele. No.: 301-427-8000

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