U.S. Government Will Not List Pacific Bluefin Tuna as an Endangered Species

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) turned down yesterday a proposal to list Pacific Bluefin Tuna under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA conducted a comprehensive year-long review after a coalition of environmental-based organizations proposed that Bluefin fishing be banned in U.S. waters. The American Sportfishing Association, supported by the California Coastal Conservation Association, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and Coastside Fishing Club and other organizations, submitted comprehensive comments in December 2016 noting that these tuna stocks are recovering and all but five percent of the fishery occurs outside U.S. waters in Asia and Mexico.

In its review, NOAA found that most recent stock assessments for Pacific Bluefin Tuna projected population increases and that the species is “on a positive trajectory.” NOAA noted that the greatest threat is overfishing by non-domestic commercial fleets.

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