Wicked Tuna: Wicked Tuna Season 3 Trailer
Catch hell on the high seas in the third season on Wicked Tuna, premiering Sunday 2/16.
Bluefin tuna is an endangered fish; should you really have a show with them being fished out? I thought the mission of National Geo was to show the natural world rather than show humans depleting the natural world. Guess you've changed.
@Janet Robinson The IUCN may list Altantic bluefin tuna as "endangered"; however, they are recognized as two distinct stocks:
1. The eastern Atlantic stock
2. The western Atlantic stock
The western Atlantic stock has had stringent harvest regulations in place since 1981, and has been considered "stable" since 1991. Alternatively, the eastern Atlantic stock WAS heavily overfished during the 1990's and early 2000's, though recent regulations appear to be aiding in eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna recovery. See findings of the below:
While "Wikipedia" may list them as endangered, NOAA has conducted an extensive scientific review and has found that the western Atlantic stock will NOT be listed under the Endangered Species Act (See NOAA's website). I would warn that you not use Wikipedia as your sole source of information.
Wicked Tuna is filmed in the U.S. and therefore they are NOT harvesting an endangered species. Only NOAA has the expertise and resources to fully assess stock dynamics, recruitment, and annual mortality of bluefin tuna in western Atlantic waters. IUCN may list them as endangered on an international scale, which may be the case, but NOAA is responsible for the western Atlantic stock and has found them to be well-protected and stable, largely due to strict regulations and enforcement of those regulations.