Group Blames Feds for Bluefin Bycatch Problem
May 24, 2012
The Gloucester Times reports that the American Bluefin Tuna Association, which represents commercial bluefin fishermen, is blaming the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for an increase in the number of bluefin tuna that are discarded as bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery.
The U.S. pelagic longline fishing fleet, which targets healthy stocks of sword and other tunas, discards an average of more than 100 metric tons of bluefin tuna a year, according to industry figures. The ABA reports dead discards by longline fishermen ranged from a low of 90 metric tons to a high of 160 metric tons between 2005 and 2010.