Overfishing Of The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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Fabian Durazo Mr. Wendland Marine Biology Block 4 29 November, 2014 Overfishing of The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna By Fabian Durazo Abstract The main purpose for this research is to explicit what effect humans have had and will have on the blue fin tuna. The Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the largest, fastest, and most gorgeously colored of all the world’s fishes. The blue fin tuna unfortunately however, has been facing a constant and dramatic decline in their species. With overfishing, their numbers have dropped down to critically low levels. It is said that throughout several years of overfishing, that the Bluefin Tuna has dropped ninety seven percent. Bluefin tuna is one of nature 's most successful ocean inhabitants. They’e the biggest…show more content…
The bluefin population has declined at a steady rate for several years and despite some measures being taken to manage the population in the Atlantic, it still remains to be excessively hunted. The species is prized by both wealthy sushi consumers due to its rich, fatty flesh and by fishermen who can sell a single catch for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Currently, this combination has brought the species to the brink of extinction, with environmentalists claiming the species has no chance to recover if existing fishing practices are allowed to continue. The issue of the declining bluefin population is not simply the dismissal of catch limits, but also the ways in which fish are caught. One of the most wasteful fishing techniques is the use of surface longlines. These lines reach up to forty miles in length with baited hooks attached along the lines. The lines are deployed in spawning areas where hundreds of bluefin are caught along with other non-target species every year. Conservationist groups have encouraged the National Marine Fisheries Service to ban the use of longlines in the Gulf during spawning season to give stocks time to recover. In addition to longlines, purse seining is another wasteful, yet commonly used, fishing technique. This involves the release of a

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