Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Perspective - Extinction

TOP 10 U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES – ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA

  • As the human population grows and the rich countries continue to consume resources at voracious rates, we are crowding out, poisoning and eating all other species into extinction
  • Marine Jsh provide 15 percent of all animal protein consumed by human beings. Fisheries management, however, has been outpaced by our population growth, causing global Jsheries to collapse under the unsustainable pressure.
  • A 2009 assessment found that 80 percent of global Jsh stocks are either overly and fully exploited or have collapsed. Though a catch reduction of 20-50 percent is needed to make global Jsheries sustainable, the demand for Jsh is expected to increase by 35 million tons by 2030
  • Of greatest concern is the western Atlantic blueDn tuna that spawns in the Gulf of Mexico and has declined by more than 80 percent since 1970 due to overharvesting. Prized as a sushi Jsh around the world, it has become more valuable as it has become rare. One Jsh in 2011 sold for $396,000. The large, warm-blooded blueJn tuna is a common, upscale sushi menu item and has been severely overused. The Atlantic blueJn, like so many other ocean species, is threatened by humans’ ravenous appetites: Demand far exceeds sustainable Jshing levels.

ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION