Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Tuna fishing practices often result in harm to other species, including dolphins and sea turtles. There are potential health risks to humans that come from consuming large amounts of tuna due to mercury contamination in their flesh. Mercury contamination can result in damage to the nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system and kidneys. It can also have damaging effects on the male reproductive system and on developing fetuses. Mercury contamination is usually the result of bioaccumulation of toxins in water as a result of human activities.