It's now or never for the bluefin tuna, an iconic ocean predator prized as a sashimi delicacy--and being overfished to the edge of extinction. "If we take action now, a thriving and sustainable bluefin fishery may be possible once again in both the western and eastern Atlantic," says Susan Lieberman, director of International Policy at the Pew Environment Group and former chief of the Division of Scientific Authority with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lieberman makes the case for why international regulators meeting in France this week must suspend the fishery for Atlantic bluefin tuna until strong management and enforcement measures are in place and the species shows signs of recovery.
Read the full blog post Eleventh Hour for Tuna and Sharks on the NatGeo News Watch site.