Once again the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided to not put Bluefin Tuna on the Endangered Species Act. They feel the species does not need protected but worldwide collaboration in the sustainabilty of the Bluefin Tuna.
"Based on careful scientific review, we have decided the best way to ensure the long-term sustainability of bluefin tuna is through international cooperation and strong domestic fishery management," said Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service."
Personally, I feel that the Bluefin Tuna is going to be extinct unless all fishing is ended and extensive collarboration between contries occurs to bring the population up to fishery standards. The number one reason NOAA did not put the species on the endangered list is money, due to the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna market being a $7.2 billion dollar industry. Who wants to be in charge of shutting that down, or more acurately, can shut it down with billions greasing palms?
Thus, the Bluefin Tuna is slowly on its way out unless the small advances in aqualculturing the species can be progressed and NOAA decides that the continuation of the species is greater than the current dollar amount on them, or if people wake up and stop consuming the fish (not likely in Japan). If you are interested in the constant struggle of the Bluefin Tuna please see the NOAA's offical report here and the other posts in our blog regarding the Bluefin Tuna.