Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna

Endangered Status Sought for Giant, Warm-blooded Fish

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Center for Biological Diversity

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that it intends to sue the agency for failing to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. The tuna, which migrates across the Atlantic to spawn in the Gulf of Mexico, faces extinction due to severe overfishing and habitat degradation, including effects of the BP oil spill. The Center filed a petition to protect bluefin tuna as endangered on May 24, 2010; by law the agency has one year to determine if the fish merits endangered status.

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