Bluefin Tuna

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Call for common sense on bluefin tuna

Posted on May 22, 2017

A petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) has alarmed and angered recreational anglers along the southern California coast, and with good reason. The implications of an ESA-listing for recreational angling would be profound and almost wholly ineffective. This the second effort to list a bluefin tuna species without sufficient evidence of its needing threatened or endangered status under the ESA, and in response the sportfishing community has mounted a united response in opposition.

Response to 90-Day Finding on Petition to List the Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Posted on May 22, 2017

Allow Netting for Bluefin? Brilliant!

Posted on August 07, 2014

People often ask why recreational anglers have such an adversarial relationship with the federal fisheries management system, and the answer is as simple as it is obvious. The National Marine Fisheries Service was created to assist and promote the domestic commercial fishing industry. Period. Only relatively recently did NMFS even begin to acknowledge a recreational component.

Comments on Bluefin Tuna EFP application

Posted on July 16, 2014

It must be emphasized at the outset that it is highly unusual for the name of the applicant, the amount of the quota involved, the names of the applicant’s boats, and the name of the scientist involved in this proposal to be redacted or omitted from the permit. Omissions of such basic, necessary information immediately raise a red flag as to the scientific integrity of this request and make it difficult to ascertain the true implications of this permit application.

December 2013 - CCA Comments on Atlantic HMS Amendment 7

Posted on December 06, 2013

CCA Comments on Atlantic HMS Amendment 7

Posted on September 30, 2013

Our main objective with respect to bluefin tuna is to implement a recovery of the western stock to levels that will increase abundance and provide a sustainable fishery. We acknowledge the intricacies of international management under ICCAT, but are not persuaded by the argument that it is important to the U.S. to kill every bluefin that might be available under our share of the ICCAT assigned quota. Our impression is that this amendment is primarily more about re-distributing harvest than affording increased conservation to the species.

LANGER: Congress keeps anglers dangling

Fisheries lobby lawmakers to keep subsidies, throw back catch shares plan
Posted on November 09, 2011

As Congress debates measures to stimulate the econ- omy, reduce the deficit and protect jobs, 19 members are pushing a back-room amendment that would block funding for an innovative way to manage the nation’s fisheries, called catch shares. This is a last-gasp effort for a proposal that was rejected by both the House and Senate earlier this year.

Researchers plan to close the tuna life cycle in five years

Posted on October 28, 2011

Researchers at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) hope to complete the life cycle of tuna in captivity in the next four or five years.

Far more bluefin sold than reported caught: report

Posted on October 20, 2011

PARIS -- More than twice as many tons of Atlantic bluefin tuna were sold last year compared with official catch records for this threatened species, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Overfishing 101: Counting Fish

Posted on October 19, 2011

How heavy is 35,000 metric tons? For starters, it’s the weight of 193 jumbo jets or 2,917 African elephants. It’s also the amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna that have exceeded the official catch quota in the Mediterranean Sea in the past two years alone, according to a Pew-commissioned analysis of the international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna released today.

Bluefin tuna farm construction moves forward

Posted on August 29, 2011

The construction of the first centre for bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) farming in captivity, located in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), is about to end.

Fish Agency Keeps Higher Bluefin Retention Limits

Posted on August 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (CN) - Even though landings of bluefin tuna by domestic fisheries are down, the National Marine Fisheries Service will keep the current retention limit of three medium sized or one giant fish per day for the rest of the 2011 fishing season.

Tuna Ranch Claims Spawning Success

Posted on August 09, 2011

Fish farmers are one step closer to raising tuna like chicken, a long-held dream for the industry.

Fish farm breakthrough that could save the bluefin

Posted on August 08, 2011

The prospect of farming the endangered bluefin tuna from eggs to fully mature adults has come a step closer with the first natural mass spawning of the species in captivity.

Business as Usual for Bluefin

Posted on July 08, 2011

If logical requests to curtail the use of the most indiscriminate commercial gear in the ocean with targeted time and area closures are ignored, then perhaps it is time to acknowledge that the agency is simply incapable of responsibly managing this particular fishery. Perhaps it is time for other participants in this fishery to consider a larger vision, such as simply removing longline gear from the management regime altogether through a buyout program or similar efforts.

Lawsuit Threatened Over Bluefin Tuna

Posted on June 10, 2011

OCEAN CITY -- Just days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a threatened or endangered listing for Atlantic bluefin tuna was not warranted at this time, the environmental watchdog agency that filed the original petition threatened to sue the federal agency for failing to take steps to protect the troubled species.

CCA comments on Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Atlantic Tuna Fisheries Management Measures

Posted on April 12, 2011

CCA is adamantly opposed to NMFS’ current proposal to reduce quota from the Angling Category, as well as from other categories, in order to accommodate dead discards in the Longline Category. CCA  believes that the Longline Category, which is solely responsible for such discards, should be held responsible for the consequences of its actions.

Economics of tuna extinction

Posted on April 10, 2011

After a decade of over-fishing that lasted until 2007, are we still not doing enough to avert the extinction of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean?

Rule lets tuna off the hook

Posted on April 04, 2011

HOUMA — One of this region’s least-noticed fisheries will be working under new regulations starting next month.

New Fishing Hooks Protect Bluefin Tuna in Gulf of Mexico But Allow Catch of Yellowfin and Swordfish

Posted on April 01, 2011

NOAA’s Fisheries Service will require commercial fishermen who fish for yellowfin tuna, swordfish and other species with longlines in the Gulf of Mexico to use a new type of hook, called a weak hook, designed to reduce the incidental catch of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The hooks will be required starting May 5, 2011.

EU wants freeze on Libya's bluefin tuna catch

Posted on March 31, 2011

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's fisheries chief has called for the suspension of Libya's fishing rights for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fearing the endangered fish could be further depleted amid the confusion of war.

Is an ESA Listing on the Horizon for Bluefin Tuna?

Posted on March 17, 2011

In a move predicted by CCA and other sportfishing conservation groups last May, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a petition with NOAA Fisheries seeking to list the species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The move was almost inevitable after Atlantic bluefin tuna did not receive a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listing that would have eliminated the species’ international trade.

South Australian company completes Bluefin Tuna breeding program

Posted on March 14, 2011

A WORLD-leading attempt by Clean Seas Tuna in South Australia to commercially breed Southern Bluefin Tuna has overcome a major hurdle with its fingerlings successfully transferred to sea cages.

Scientific study on bluefin tuna initiated

Posted on March 11, 2011

Between 2011 and 2012, the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the tuna fishery sector will carry out a scientific study on the stock structure of bluefin tuna, electronic tagging, feeding, breeding and an evaluation of the indices of abundance.

UM researchers study Bluefin tuna in the Gulf

Posted on February 15, 2011

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an ecological disaster that has been getting a decreasing amount of media attention since its height during the summer of last year. Although there have been massive efforts to control the spill since then, environmental researcher Molly Lutcavage and her team of scientists believe that there is more work left to be done.

Fish Hook Rule Could Help More Bluefin Tuna Escape

Posted on January 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fishery Service has proposed that weaker hooks be used in the Gulf of Mexico to help bluefin tuna escape being incidentally caught by longline fishing boats. 

Tuna Fight Muddies Waters Over Damage From BP Spill

Posted on January 13, 2011

The bluefin tuna is one of the most majestic and prized creatures in the sea. Last week, one caught off Japan sold in Tokyo for $396,000, to be used as sushi.

Fishermen rebut claims that bluefin is endangered

Posted on January 13, 2011

Atlantic bluefin tuna, on a decline earlier in the 2000s, were more plentiful in 2010 than in any other year in memory, local fishermen say. So why, they ask, is the federal government still taking seriously a petition to add the bluefin to the endangered species list?

Environmentalists Slam ICCAT for “Meagre” Bluefin Quota Cuts

Posted on December 14, 2010

A drive by environmentalists to significantly cut next year’s fishing quotas for the prized bluefin tuna failed at last month’s International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in Paris. 

Activists Say Fishing Limit Not Enough to Save Bluefin Tuna

Posted on December 13, 2010

This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report. An international group has set the limit for next year's catch of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. The limit is just under thirteen thousand metric tons. That is six hundred tons less than this year's quota, a reduction of four percent.

Call to ban longlines in the Gulf

Posted on September 13, 2010

Against the backdrop of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, several non-governmental organizations are calling upon the federal government to ban the use of highly destructive, indiscriminate pelagic longline gear in the Gulf of Mexico. Longlines in the Gulf are used ostensibly to target yellowfin tuna and swordfish, but they also take a heavy bycatch of troubles species like bluefin tuna, marlin, sharks, and sea turtles.

FACT OR FICTION: Bluefin Tuna and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Posted on May 29, 2010

CITES is an acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, an international treaty intended to prohibit or strictly regulate the commercial exploitation of badly depleted species, and in some cases to prevent such exploitation from driving a species to extinction.

Bluefin tuna fetches record £254000 at Tokyo auction

Price paid for 342kg fish by sushi restaurants raises conservation fears
Posted on January 05, 2010

A bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49m yen (£254,000) today at the first auction of the year at Tsukiji market in Tokyo, but the fish's growing popularity across Asia has raised fears it will soon be fished into commercial extinction.

Proposed tuna rules concern local fishermen

Feds would wipe out local tuna fishing
Posted on January 05, 2010

NEWBURYPORT — The very livelihood of bluefin tuna fishermen in Newburyport and across the country may be taken away from them in the next few months as the federal government is considering whether to name the massive fish an endangered species.

CCA Calls for CITES Listing on Bluefin Tuna

Posted on January 04, 2010

American fishermen and markets are not responsible for driving bluefin tuna to the edge of extinction, but this country needs to lead the solution to salvage what is left and set it on a road to recovery. Under an Appendix 1 listing, American commercial fishermen will be allowed to market bluefin domestically and anglers will be able to continue fishing within the proscribed quotas and bag limits.

Letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce to CCA

Posted on November 02, 2009

Letter from the U.S. Department of Interior to CCA

Posted on November 02, 2009

CCA commends U.S. decision on bluefin tuna

NOAA Administrator announces support for strongest possible conservation measures
Posted on October 15, 2009

“This is an important step in the right direction, but much work remains to ensure a recovery for bluefin,” said Chester Brewer, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. “I am thrilled to see the Administration send a clear message to the international community that it cannot continue its failed history of management for such an important species. The conservation of bluefin tuna has to be addressed.”

NOAA Announcement

Posted on October 14, 2009

The United States today announced that it will seek the strongest possible   management for the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, a fish which is in serious trouble.  This action has two components. First, we are sending a clear and definitive statement to the international community that the status quo is not acceptable. Second, the United States strongly supports Monaco’s proposal to list Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to prohibit international trade of the species.

Conservationists call for U.S. action to save bluefin tuna

International impasse leaves bluefin on the brink
Posted on September 25, 2009

Citing the failure of the international community to rein in harvest of bluefin tuna, Coastal Conservation Association is urging the United States to proceed with an effort to list the Atlantic bluefin on Appendix I to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and prohibit the international trade in bluefin.

Letter from CCA Chairman to U.S. Secretaries of Interior, Commerce

Posted on September 24, 2009

It is time for the United States to demonstrate some leadership and insist that all international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna be halted, while hope for a recovery still remains.

Not Such a Pretty Picture

Posted on August 01, 2008

“In some ways, tuna are the underwater photographer's ultimate trophy. A good shot of these fast-moving, amazing animals is very difficult to obtain,” he says. “I think we've seen the last of the bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean – and therefore the East Coast – and they are not coming back. This is not a ‘natural cycle.’

A Passing of Giants?

Posted on July 17, 2008

After decades of declining abundance, which saw bluefin abandon areas that had long supported viable and often heavily-prosecuted fisheries, it didn’t take a biologist to recognize that the species was in trouble and that some significant changes in management were needed. 

Bluefin on the Brink

Posted on May 28, 2008

HOUSTON, TX – The Coastal Conservation Association Board of Directors is calling for Atlantic harvest levels of bluefin tuna to be reduced to levels supported by science and is urging the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to require all member nations to adopt such quotas by emergency action. 

Outlook Grim for Bluefin Tuna

Posted on January 17, 2008

To say that this year’s meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was a disappointment would be a vast understatement.