Fifth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference









Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: A Fish Without a Country

Bradley S. McHale, Northeast Branch Chief, National Marine Fisheries Service

Thunnus thynnus, otherwise know as Atlantic bluefin tuna, are one of the largest fish in the sea and can live upwards of 40 years. They can migrate across the vast oceans and can venture into the depths of the seas where even sunlight does not go. These majestic fish have a complex story, whether it be their biology, life history, cultural influences, or the challenges they pose to ensure they are managed and protected wherever they may roam.

Brad is a Fisheries Management Specialist of the Highly Migratory Species Management Division of NOAA Fisheries located in Gloucester, MA. The focus of his work is to develop, implement, and monitor effective fisheries management programs for tunas, billfish, swordfish, and sharks in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Atlantic bluefin tuna demands a significant portion of his time. Over the past 20 years Brad has worked with fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, academics, and members of the general public to better understand both the domestic and international management of Atlantic bluefin as well as the data collected on this species.