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Longline Fishing Is Wiping Out The Bluefin Tuna In a Huffington Post article yesterday, the plight of the bluefin tuna was discussed, click here . Basically, bluefin tuna populations are falling all over the world, with three species of bluefins facing extinction. And this disaster has caused the price of the bluefin to go way up – with an all-time record set earlier this year in Tokyo at $1.7 million U.S. for a 489 Ib. fish. However, this auction smells fishy and might be just a publicity stunt to capitalize on the controversy surrounding the plight of the bluefin. C'mon, who can make a profit on a $1.7 million fish? ~ This bogus price will only cause more fishing of the bluefin. The problem is, this stunt puts further pressures on the embattled bluefin as armies of fishermen will now rush out in their boats to try to catch even more of this precious fish to make a fortune. As a result, over-fishing and illegal fishing are inevitable. The "blue-gold rush" is on and the strict quotas already placed on the bluefin by many nations are sure to be violated. Read our earlier article about the bluefin tuna, click here . In the Huffington Post article, a method of fishing called pelagic longline fishing is brought up. This and other methods such as drift-netting and the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) are decimating the bluefin, which has dropped in numbers by over 70% in just three decades in the Atlantic. ~ Longline fishing and FADs' devastating toll on other species. Lo...


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