Jul 11, 2012

USA: Send comments to stop the slaughter of Bluefin Tuna---and other creatures painfully killed and trashed as "BY-CATCH"

Did you know that the longline fish hooks commonly used by fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico needlessly snare hundreds of sea turtles, tuna, sea birds and sharks that they're not even trying to catch? Then they toss the animals they've unintentionally killed OVERBOARD!
Right now, the National Marine Fisheries Service is considering regulations that would put a stop to these deadly, wasteful longlines – but we only have until July 15 to speak out in support of these new regulations.
Among the wildlife at risk is the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna, a majestic species that only reproduces in the Gulf. Thanks to longlines and other deadly practices, their population has alreadydeclined by 72% since 1970 and they're heading for extinction.
But we have the power to keep them OFF the endangered species list: please join me in sending your message today and then ask your friends and family to do the same by July 15.
Thanks for your help!

P.S. There is further info at National Geographic Newswatch: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/20/the-bottom-line-bluefin-tuna-need-you-now/
which says in part: "After years of ineffective management in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering sweeping changes to the way it manages this species in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. But the agency needs to hear from you."

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