Pew Launches Urgent Effort to Protect Bluefin Tuna in Gulf of Mexico

Contact: Debbie Salamone, 321.972.5020 and Kymberly Escobar, 202.887.8814

Tampa, Florida - 03/23/2010 - On Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Pew Environment Group will host a Web-based tele-press conference to detail its new campaign to protect bluefin tuna in its only known spawning area in the western Atlantic Ocean by prohibiting surface long-lining in the Gulf of Mexico.

Following last week’s failed attempt by governments at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to enact a global tuna trade prohibition, speakers will provide analysis on the CITES tuna trade vote and discuss what the future holds for this iconic fish. They will focus on the indiscriminate fishing practice of surface long-lining – a practice where hundreds of baited hooks are attached to commercial fishing lines that stretch for an average of 25 miles. Bluefin tuna, sea turtles, sharks, marlins and other ocean animals die when caught on the lines intended to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna.


  • Lee Crockett – director, federal fisheries policy, Pew Environment Group (moderator)
  • Rob Kramer – president, International Game Fish Association
  • Dr. Carl Safina – co-founder and president, Blue Ocean Institute (invited)
  • Dr. Susan Lieberman – director, international policy, Pew Environment Group, will join from the closing CITES talks in Doha
Listen to a recording (MP3) of this event.

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