30 Sep '12, 1pm

The Bottom Line: A Solution to a Protect Threatened Tuna

The Bottom Line: A Solution to a Protect Threatened Tuna

Note: This is a guest post from Lee Crockett, Director of U.S. Fisheries Campaigns at the Pew Environment Group . An innovative project in the Gulf of Mexico may finally offer a real solution to a decades-old problem. For 30 years, fisheries experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have tried to protect western Atlantic bluefin tuna from surface longlines in the Gulf of Mexico, the severely depleted fish’s only known spawning area. Yet despite those efforts, this gear, intended to catch yellowfin tuna and swordfish, still threatens bluefin and other ocean wildlife. Fishermen and scientists may finally have a solution to the problem. Since May 2012, they have been working together on a year-long pilot program to test greenstick gear and buoy gear , which are alternative fishing methods seen as potential replacements for surface longlines in the ...

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