NOAA will host a constituent briefing on it’s announcement that Atlantic Bluefin Tuna do not warrant species protection under the Endangered Species Act this afternoon at 2:00. When more information is available about the effects of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill and the new stock assessment from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna is available, NOAA will revisit this decision.
NOAA also announced today that it is formally designating both the western Atlantic and eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean stocks of bluefin tuna as “species of concern” under the ESA.
For more information on the Atlantic bluefin tuna decision, go to NOAA Fisheries’ Atlantic bluefin tuna webpage at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2011/05/bluefin_tuna.html.
NOAA will take callers from 2:00 – 2:45
Toll-free call-in number: 888-606-5917
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