|White Marlin ESA "Listing" Petition|
|Are White Marlin In Trouble?
What Do YOU Think?
|Main Components of the Petition|
|News Release (summary)|
|Petition (100+ pages)
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|Appendices (not included)|
|NMFS' Response 90-day Federal Register notice saying that the petition presented substantial scientific information indicating listing may be warranted. NMFS is initiating a status review. It is also soliciting information from the public on the species and on its critical habitats.|
|How Could NMFS Act? NMFS' approach for dealing with major vs. minor activities affecting "listed" salmon and steelhead on the west coast is described in a NOAA News Release for Constituents issued 8/23/01.|
|Source: Executive Summary Report, ICCAT/SCRS
2000 Stock Assessment for White Marlin
|Recommended Longline Closure Areas Maps showing the location of the "hot spots" of white (and blue) marlin - their primary spawning and feeding areas - that should be closed to longlines.|
|Sonar - Another Threat The U.S. Navy's low frequency high intensity sonar will produce a Texas sized "kill zone" that can affect not only whales and other marine mammals but also any of the large pelagic species - billfish, tunas, sharks - and their prey.|
| What Can YOU Do?
Become a Sponsor- Help protect marlin, bluefin tuna, swordfish, sailfish and the other large pelagic species by supporting our work financially. To do so, go to: BigMarineFish.com/sponsor.html
Get political - contact your federal officials, including your two Senators and your Representative in Congress.
On September 3, 2002, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had chosen not to list the white marlin as endangered. (NMFS did NOT address whether the species should be listed as threatened.) In doing so, NMFS admitted that by the end of 2000 the population had declined to 6% of its carrying capacity (the "virgin" abundance existing before longlining began in 1960) and that it had been declining steadily by 3% each year since 1982. However, incredibly, NMFS took the position that only when the species' abundance had declined to 1% of its carrying capacity would it consider white marlin at risk of extinction. At the white marlin's current rate of decline (depicted in the graph above) and without further significant reductions in its mortality, that should occur in less than 5 years. In doing nothing, NMFS has chosen to protect the longliners rather than the white marlin.
On September 18, 2003, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) jointly served notice to the Secretary of Commerce and Director of NMFS that they intended to sue in federal court within 60 days. Specifically, CBD and TIRN stated "NMFS's determination that listing of the white marlin is "not warranted" violates the specific mandates of the ESA ... Such determination is arbitrary and capricious ... If NMFS does not act within 60 days to correct this violation of the ESA, the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network will pursue litigation in Federal Court against NMFS." A copy of the 60-day notice can be found here.
On January 14, 2004, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court. A copy of the press release can be found
here and a copy of the formal complaint (18 pages) can be found
Settlement talks are underway focused on achieving the following:
|Major Sections of our Website
Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Tunas and Sharks
Spot" Closures to Longlines
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Longliners fish most heavily during the periods when the moon is brightest. So, this real-time image of the moon phase shows when the kill of swordfish is greatest and least. It also shows when the kill of blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, sharks, tunas, sea turtles, marine mammals and a host of other marine life is also greatest - even though they are not even targeted. For more, see link above.