Help Protect Bluefin Tuna by November 17

Bluefin Tuna

We’ve written on bluefin tuna a number of times on Planetsave. This amazing fish, which can swim at up to 55 mph (it is the fastest fish in the sea) and can live for up to 30 years, is getting fished to extinction, and it’s time to do something about it…

The Pew Environment Group (PEG) has a good bluefin tuna petition on Care2’s Petition Site right now with a little information on the situation today and what we can do about it. The Pew Environment Group writes:

On November 17, the United States has an opportunity to join the international community in protecting Atlantic bluefin tuna by speaking out at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the world’s favorite fish. Unfortunately, fishing pressure on these once plentiful marine animals has pushed them to the brink of collapse.

These overfished tuna have only two known spawning grounds — the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, where hardships during spawning season threaten the species. Mediterranean tuna fall victim to fleets of fishing vessels that encircle their schools, and Gulf tuna have had to endure — besides the usual pollution and longline fishing — millions of gallons of oil and dispersants from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Help strengthen Atlantic bluefin tuna populations. Urge the Obama Administration to call on ICCAT to protect spawning bluefin in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean Sea.

Head on over to The Petition Site and sign this petition today. Currently, 13,499 people have signed the petition and the target is 20,000.

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Photo Credit: Bluefin Tuna by jillmotts via flickr (CC license)

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