The blufin tuna are endangered due to over fishing in the Atlantic because blufin are such a huge commercial catch selling at times for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, the endangerment of this species was further compounded by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Spawning season for the blufin takes place in the gulf in April through the summer and the oil spill occurred there on beginning April 20. Therefore, billions of fish eggs and larvae died in the spill. The Gulf of Mexico otherwise was a safe haven for the blufin as a prime spawning ground where fishing for it there was banned in the 1980s.
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