For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Washington DC: (202) 462-1177
San Francisco: (415) 255-9221

Greenpeace Statement on U.S. Announcement in Support of Endangered Species Listing for Bluefin Tuna

WASHINGTON - Responding to the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS) announcement today in support of an
international ban on trade in bluefin tuna through a Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix One listing,
Greenpeace U.S. issued the following statement from oceans campaign
director, John Hocevar:
“Greenpeace applauds the announcement
today by the U.S. in support of an international ban on trade of
bluefin tuna. This is great news for the oceans, and exactly the kind
of science-based leadership we hoped for from President Obama's
administration. Bluefin tuna have been mismanaged to the brink of
extinction and a ban on international trade is critical to the recovery
of the species.
“Overfishing has radically transformed our oceans. Over 90 percent of
the large fish - including bluefin tuna - have been caught and eaten,
causing changes to marine ecosystems that we have not begun to
understand.  A more precautionary, ecosystem- based approach to
fisheries management is needed.

“A CITES listing is not management, it is a last ditch effort to
prevent extinction. Greenpeace supports the call for a network of fully
protected marine reserves to provide populations of fish and other
marine life the resilience they will need to survive the impacts of
fishing, acidification, and global warming.
“Fishermen have been catching bluefin tuna for thousands of years, but
it is only in the past few decades that this has become a threat to the
species' survival. Illegal fishing, greed, and a refusal to adhere to
scientists' recommendations about maximum sustainable catch limits have
devastated the bluefin population as well as many fishing communities
on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Today, bluefin caught in the
Mediterranean are too small to bring to market, so they are towed to
ranches to be fattened up for sale. Fishermen whose families have
fished bluefin for generations are reduced to towing bluefin caught by
the enormous commercial operations that destroyed their livelihoods and
nearly wiped out the species.
"The fate of one of the world's most spectacular creatures, a
warm-blooded fish the size of a small elephant capable of reaching
speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, will be determined this month.  An
international trade ban may be the bluefin's last chance.” 


The media landscape is changing fast

Our news team is changing too as we work hard to bring you the news that matters most.

Change is coming. And we've got it covered.

Please donate to our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign today.



We want a more open and sharing world.

That's why our content is free. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported.

All of our original content is published under Creative Commons—allowing (and encouraging) our articles to be republished freely anywhere. In addition to the traffic and reach our content generates on our site, the multiplying impact of our work is huge and growing as our articles flourish across the Internet and are republished by other large and small online and print outlets around the world.

Several times a year we run brief campaigns to ask our readers to pitch in—and thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign is underway. Can you help? We can't do it without you.

Please select a donation method:

Independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Share This Article

More in: