Bluefin tuna escaped endangered list

Posted May 27, 2011, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified May 27, 2011, at 4:43 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Federal officials have decided to keep bluefin tuna off the endangered species list.

Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is turning down a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity seeking an endangered status for the giant, highly migratory fish.

NOAA officials were holding a news conference late Friday morning to discuss the decision.

The Arizona-based based Center for Biological Diversity claimed bluefin tuna are facing possible extinction because of overfishing.

But fishermen say the western Atlantic population is being fished at sustainable levels.