Bluefin Tuna Near Extinction

According to National Geographic, bluefin tuna are an amazing part of the ocean’s ecosystem.  With an average size of 6′ 5″ (2 meters) and 550 pounds (250 kilograms) — some have been found to weigh a whopping 1,500 pounds! – this carnivorous fish will also feed on zooplankton and kelp.  

The speed at which it swims can reach 43 miles (73 kilometers) per hour.  They even have the ability to retract their dorsal and pectoral fins to reduce drag.  Some of these tuna have been tracked traveling from North America to Europe several times in a year.  How’s that for endurance?

The problem is bluefin tuna are considered tasty and highly sought after for the sushi market.  Demand has reduced the global population to near extinction.

Take Action: Protect the Bluefin Tuna!

Atlantic bluefin tuna spawn in two places worldwide: the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea. With the Deepwater Oil catastrophe earlier this year, bluefin tuna’s spawning grounds have been compromised.  And illegal fishing is the biggest danger to bluefin tuna in Mediterranean waters.

Atlantic bluefin tuna are listed as endangered. Their population has been reduced by 85 percent since 1970. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has thwarted conservation attempts, especially in the Mediterranean. 

It is imperative to allow these graceful creatures to replenish and in a little more than one week (ICCAT), the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, will meet on November 17, to discuss strategies.   

Ask the Obama Administration to call on ICCAT to protect spawning bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean Sea.  If these tuna are not allowed to replenish their dwindling populations, they will be fished to extinction.

At the November meeting, the Pew Environment Group is calling on ICCAT member nations to:

  • Suspend the Atlantic bluefin fishery until effective management measures are in place and illegal fishing is under control
  • Prohibit take of Atlantic bluefin tuna on their spawning grounds
  • Strengthen shark fishing conservation measures to ensure no further declines in shark species including shortfin mako and oceanic whitetip sharks 
  • Combat IUU fishing through the strengthening of port State measures

A PEW report calls for spawning sanctuaries to help with restoring the population.

Sign the petition asking President Obama to protect the future of bluefin tuna.


photo credit: Flickr: Armando Estudante


Wendy T.
Wendy T.4 years ago

human being are assholes esp. Japanese!!!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

colleen prinssen
colleen p6 years ago

Carla M, not all sushi has to be raw fish. You can make a PB&J one, although the nori might not be good with it, and there is vinager in the rice marinade.

I made a BLT one once.

John Gray
John Gray6 years ago

IOt isn't CITES fault. They lobbied hard to get Bluefin on the Endangered species list. Japan rejected it just like they rejected whaling and are still killing in The Cove.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn7 years ago

i dont eat that much tuna because sometimes dolphins get stuck in the nets and put in the cans with the tuna and i love dolphins far to much to want to eat even a little piece of one even if it is an accident

Dietrich S.
Dietrich S7 years ago

Quick poll: "Will you stop eating tuna to prevent extinction?"
I stopped eating tuna when I got to know how cruelly they are caught. This was many, many years ago. Today, I don't eat no meat nor fish.
It's just abhorrent how people are slaves of their greed, although everyone knows, how ruinous the consequences are for the living beings on earth and for our earth itself. I only can figure that greed destroys brain and soul of humans. Maybe, they didn't possess anything like that before, and they deserve nothing else but resistance as hard as possible.

To Anja's question, where CITES is:

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva

CITES has branches in 175 countries

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

signed petition thanx.

Bill K.
Bill K7 years ago

it's time for dolphin safe tuna to be replaced with tuna safe tuna

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

Once upon a time there used to be some beautiful species of fish ,with blue fins and they were brutally murdered by greedy humans and now ,look at the picture closely to realize how precious they used to be for Mother Nature! This may be the story a present ten year old will tell her grand children in the future, when she becomes a grand mother. Shouldn't we feel ashamed at the rate, things are heading now?

Carla M.
Carla M7 years ago

signed petition. hate sushi!