Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) swim inside a 'Mattanza' net (ancient fishing practice and ritual), off the island of San Pietro, Italy. Check out project website: On the med tuna trail
Image credit: Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF
Atlantic bluefin tuna populations have declined alarmingly over the past few decades.
Bluefin Tuna The Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a large migratory fish found in the western and eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Bluefin tuna is the source of highest grade sushi. Bluefin tuna fisheries are near collapse and the species at serious risk of extinction if unsustainable fishing practices in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean are not stopped. A temporary ban on the global trade of bluefin tuna would allow the overexploited species to recover. WWF is encouraging restaurants, chefs, retailers, and consumers to stop serving, buying, selling, and eating endangered bluefin tuna until this amazing species shows signs of recovery.
There may be millions of Bluefin tuna left in the world but at the current rate of fishing they are decreasing to the point that the population may not recover.
Northern bluefin tuna are big!
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