Monday, March 16, 2009

Protect Our Tuna!

Tuna is one of the world’s favorite fish. It provides a critical part of the diet for millions of people, as well as being at the core of the world’s luxury sashimi markets. But, did you know that globally tuna stocks are under threat?

Stocks of the most iconic and valuable tuna, like bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and albacore are on the brink of collapse. Our appetite for tuna is pushing the fish closer and closer to extinction. As more and more people consume tuna there has been a surge in the number and capacity of tuna-fishing vessels across the world. As tuna becomes scarcer, the fishing fleets are fishing further and further from their home ports and are squeezing the last remaining tuna out of the ocean. Bycatch from tuna includes hammerhead sharks, marine turtles, skate, and trigger fish. WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT? EAT LESS TUNA and check out sushi/fish guides that tell you what fish are not under threat. TAKE ACTION with Greenpeace to save tuna.

Check out Greenpeace's Tuna Brochure

Other Resources: Pew Charitable Trust's Ocean Division
Environmental Defense Fund - read the Oceans of Abundance Report
Oceana

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