Fish

Dock workers in Ilwaco unload albacore tuna in 2020.

Summer is here and family barbecues will be in full bloom, with albacore tuna being a tradition for many people in the Pacific Northwest for generations. To keep this tradition, along with the important jobs and nutrition that this valuable species provides, we need to modernize how albacore is managed.

Even though scientists estimate that the albacore tuna population is healthy, challenges exist and new threats are on the horizon, from forecast increases in local ocean temperatures to other countries that might want to increase their catch.

Dave Gershman is an officer in international fisheries at The Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit that supports and promotes organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

Ray Clarke is the vice president, fisheries management and government affairs at Bumble Bee Seafoods.