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Atlantic bluefin tuna: Should it be listed as an endangered species?

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A piece of Atlantic bluefin tuna goes on sale at a fish market. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

By CBC News

The federal government should choose science over profit when deciding whether to list Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species, says Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

Earlier this week, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife, an independent group that provides advice to the federal environment minister, recommended designating tuna as endangered.

In response to that recommendation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesman Frank Stanek said the department would consider the economic and social impacts of such a listing along with the scientific evidence. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said in a news release Thursday she was extremely concerned by those remarks.

Walter Bruce, chair of the tuna advisory committee for the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, says designating the bluefin tuna as an endangered species would be "just another nail in the coffin of the inshore fishermen as we know it."

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