The Atlantic bluefin tuna will not be protected under the US Endangered Species Act, with a decision from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“NOAA has committed to revisit this decision by early 2013, when more information will be available about the effects of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, as well as a new stock assessment from the scientific arm of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the international body charged with the fish’s management and conservation,” NOAA reports. The fish is listed as a “species of concern.”
Some analysts suggest that US protection means little. As a migratory fish, the Atlantic bluefin and the Pacific albacore require international monitoring and enforcement.
Photo of Atlantic bluefin, courtesy of NOAA.