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Petition to Consider Bluefin Tuna an Endangered Species Rejected

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - August 11, 2017 in Politics

Petition to Consider Bluefin Tuna an Endangered Species Rejected
Photo: Danilo Cedrone/NOAA/Wikimedia Commons (CC0)

Federal fisheries managers rejected a petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered this week, concluding that the species is stable, despite its historic low numbers.

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced the decision Monday, stating that a team of fisheries and conservation biologists found bluefin at low risk of extinction.

It cited a 2016 international stock assessment that estimated the total population of Pacific bluefin at more than 1.6 million, including more than 140,000 fish capable of spawning.

“The Scientific Review Team found that the population is large enough to avoid the risks associated with a small population, such as a year with low survival, and that Pacific bluefin has recovered from similarly low levels in the past,” the service stated.

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