Will President Obama Protect the Bluefin Tuna?

Publication: ABC News

Author: Karen Travers


10/14/2009 - Today is the deadline for the Obama administration to decide whether it will back a proposal to give greater protection for Atlantic bluefin tuna, a move that environmental groups say is necessary to keep the fish from becoming extinct, but one that is fiercely opposed by U.S. fishermen.

Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest of the tuna species, weighing up to several hundred pounds, and a fish that can fetch more than $100,000 in some international markets, most notably Japan. The main populations of the fish are in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Atlantic coast of the United States, and in the Mediterranean.

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"The science, which is extremely good on this species, indicates that the population has been so depleted that it's headed for commercial extinction," Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, told ABC News.

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