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Bad news for the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

March 20, 2010

photo via NOAA

Well, the recent decision not to ban trade of the bluefin tuna was a disappointment to conservation efforts, but an article on Grist brings a more optimistic point of view to the table in this interesting article. Japan consumes 80% of the world’s stock of this fish, mostly for sushi so next time you’re headed out to a luxurious dinner at Nobu or many other sushi restaurants consider what you’re eating. The adult bluefin population has declined roughly 80% in the past 40 years.

The bluefin tuna is a beautiful fish that can grow almost 10 feet long and around 1,400 pounds! It’s an incredible animal that can be fished sustainably if we protect it and manage demand to help populations recover.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. burrda2000 permalink
    March 22, 2010 6:38 am

    I hear today (Monday 3/22) is World Water Day… did I hear correctly?

  2. Liza permalink*
    March 22, 2010 10:42 am

    Absolutely!! Thanks for bringing this up, I’m about to post a bit more about it.

  3. icysun2012 permalink
    April 11, 2012 9:53 pm

    What do You think about that new TV show on national geo Wicked Tuna, how they go out their and catch those blue fin and bring them in to get a ton of money? Is that hurting the population? Are there size limits, bag limits, or requirements they have? And one last question, how long do you think they will be around for, can they once again become a sustainable fish?
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