Only days after the Obama administration announced that the US would support a full protection for the endangered Northern Bluefin Tuna (CITES Annex I listing), news is that Australia will take an Annex II position to the upcoming CITES conference on Saturday, this would allow the continued fishing and trade of this critically endangered species
Featured in the powerful new documentary, The End of the Line, coming to Australian cinema’s in May, the Northern Bluefin Tuna is one of the most majestic fish in the sea. It is also a prized eating fish, especially for sushi, with each fish fetching many thousands of dollars at market.
Massive and sustained overfishing by industrial fleets has reduced this species to the brink of extinction. Fishing at current levels could see populations crash below the point of recovery – on the path to extinction – within the next two to three years.
It is critical that Australia join Europe and the US in supporting an end to the fishing of Bluefin Tuna.
You can send your support for an Australian position to add Northern Bluefin Tuna to CITES Annex I to firstname.lastname@example.org