Coastal Fisherman Hope to Keep Bluefin Tuna Off Endangered List | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Coastal Fisherman Hope to Keep Bluefin Tuna Off Endangered List

Play associated audio
The federal government chose to keep the white marlin off the endangered list, though environmentalists say it suffered overfishing and decreasing spawning numbers.
http://www.flickr.com/9765210@N03
The federal government chose to keep the white marlin off the endangered list, though environmentalists say it suffered overfishing and decreasing spawning numbers.

By Bryan Russo

Franky Pettolina is a charter boat captain in Ocean City and he believes if the bluefin tuna ends up on the endangered list, it could destroy the entire coastal fishing industry.

Two years ago, a similar petition was filed by environmentalists to put the white marlin on the list, citing the same reasoning as they have for the bluefin tuna: most notably, over fishing and decreasing spawning numbers.

But the federal government opted to leave the marlin off the list, and Pettolina hopes they will come to the same decision with the tuna.

"Two weeks of the year where we have to use circle hooks which we are all doing anyway, now the white marlin stocks are better than ever, and its the same with the bluefin," Pettolina says.

The final decision is expected in late November.

NPR

'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.
NPR

Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.