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Bicoastal Atlantic bluefin tuna

Prized species’ east-west populations intermingle more than thought, complicating management

12:56pm, October 2, 2008
Bluefin tuna get around. The highly prized fish traverse the Atlantic with a disregard for international boundaries that has set nations quarrelling over who gets to fish and who sets the limits. Now new research on the whereabouts of Atlantic bluefins could provide the hard numbers needed for developing effective strategies to save the fisheries from collapse.

“This is a substantial step forward in providing a comprehensive data set for management,” says Michael Sissenwine, former director of scientific programs and chief science adviser for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and now at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

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