Protected Resources

Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Nautilus pompilius, Photo: Gregory Barordi
Scientific name: Thunnus orientalis, Photo: Diane Rome Peebles

Current Management Issues

On June 20, 2016, we received a petition from Center for Biological Diversity et al. to list the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

On October 11, 2016, NOAA Fisheries published a positive 90-day finding determining that the petitioned action may be warranted for the Pacific bluefin tuna. We will conduct a status review of this species to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. Scientific and commercial information pertaining to this species will be accepted until December 10, 2016.

For more information on the ESA, please visit the Protected Resources Division’s ESA Section 4 page here.