The battle is slow, however, especially when it comes to the international community. Just last week, Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), announced it was delaying discussions on fishing quotas until October after Japan, Korea, Mexico and the U.S. could not agree on conservation measures. The EU commission said that IATTC "failed to adopt any conservation measures on Bluefin tuna, despite strong scientific advice."
Back in the U.S., if NOAA goes through with the ban, the U.S. will be following in the footsteps of Mexico, which earlier this month shut down bluefin tuna fishing in Mexican waters for the remainder of 2014 -- a move that was praised by conservationists.
Bluefin tuna -- and other types of tuna, for that matter -- are under-appreciated for their often shocking abilities (they can swim at speeds of 45 mph, and thrive in both bitterly cold and warm tropical waters). See this post for more about the incredible tuna.