"Management of Blue Fin tuna has been complicated and controversial. Populations are divided by recovery status and migrating habits between the Atlantic, European, Asian and Gulf coasts, and competition for the fish is stiff. An international panel determines quota that is parceled out regionally.
In addition to implementing the rolling quota, Amendment 7 to the Highly Migratory Species Management Plan, among numerous other changes, also provided more quota for the pelagic longline fishery to account for incidental take. The intention is to prevent discarding of dead tuna, a big issue for the agency. Monitoring and reporting requirements were also increased." Outerbanksvoice
I confess to having watched this program. I fished a bit in my youth and these Gloucester and New Hampshire fisherman appeal to me.
The Atlantic Blue Fin tuna is reduced in numbers by 3/4s in the last decades. Conservation by the ICCAT is a farce. This group is really a mechanism for killing off the tuna and the US Fisheries authorities are not much better.
There should a moratorium on Blue Fin fishing for at least ten years. Let the US government subsidize these fishermen while they transition to some more sustainable fishery or just wait out the moratorium. Such a ban should extend to international trade and should be enforced with the enthusiasm shown for bans on whale fishing. I would rather see the USG spend my money for this than many other things.
Rich Japanese and their taste for this animal's raw flesh are the driving force behind the extermination of the Blue Fin. If they want Blue Fin, let them grow them. They are clever. They will learn how to do it if forced to do so.
Any restaurant that serves Blue Fin tuna should be shunned. Bring it on Greenpeace. Bring it on! pl