2012-09-18. Getting Bluefin Tuna Off the Hook

posted Sep 21, 2012, 12:43 PM by Lisa Ou
| by Kelly Slivka, The NY Times. An article relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: In the Gulf of Mexico, many fishermen use longlines to fish for swordfish and yellowfin tuna, but they also end up catching Atlantic bluefin tuna, among other species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the Atlantic bluefin as a threatened species and the Gulf of Mexico is known to be one of its spawning grounds, so purposefully fishing for the species has been forbidden in the gulf since 1982. However, the fishermen are allowed to catch some bluefins while fishing for other species — a loophole that the Pew Environment Group would like to close, said Tom Wheatley, who manages the organization’s Gulf Surface Longline Campaign…[by] collaborating on a pilot project with gulf swordfish and yellowfin tuna fishermen that involves testing two alternative fishing methods that tend to have a far smaller bluefin bycatch… Read the full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/getting-bluefin-tuna-off-the-hook/?ref=science