Please help to speak out against longlining.https://secure3.convio.net/pew/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=853
"Stronger Bluefin Protections Are Still Needed
Bluefin TunaThank NMFS for taking a step in the right direction and ask them to go further!
Surface longlines used to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna also catch and kill hundreds of spawning Western Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico every year. To protect these severely depleted fish in their only known spawning area in the Western Atlantic, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) just proposed that Gulf surface longline fishermen use an experimental hook that could reduce the incidental catch of bluefin. This action is a step in the right direction, but it is not a strong, long-term solution.
"Weak" hooks are designed to fail when an extremely heavy fish like an adult bluefin is caught. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of these new hooks in reducing the number of bluefin killed is yet unknown. There is limited data suggesting that these hooks will reduce the number of bluefin that are hauled onto fishing boats, but the number that die on longlines before haul back is unknown.Surface longlines catch and kill a vast amount of ocean wildlife including spawning bluefin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin and leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Weak hooks may provide limited protection for bluefin, but this action will do little for other species caught and killed by the gear. A year-round prohibition on surface longlines is the only way to provide effective long-term protection from this indiscriminate fishing gear
. This ban would still allow fishermen to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna, they would just be required to use more selective alternatives to surface longlines.
Tell NMFS that weak hooks do not provide a strong, long-term solution to protect bluefin tuna and other Gulf wildlife.
* Margo Schulze-Haugen
* Atlantic Highly Migratory Species: Bluefin Tuna Bycatch Reduction in Gulf of Mexico Pelagic Longline