Archive for Bluefin Tuna

Breeding Protections for Giant Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

This post was co-authored with Elizabeth Brown. Starting January 1, fishing within two bluefin tuna breeding hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico with a particularly destructive kind of fishing gear during their peak breeding months (April-May) will be prohibited by federal rule. The technique uses fishing lines up to 40 miles long with hundreds of […]

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Government Says Eat Fish, Not Too Much, Mostly Low in Mercury

Bluefin Tuna, Mercury in seafood on July 19th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on 6-18-2014: By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown A few days ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated draft advice on fish consumption for childbearing aged women and young children. The new advice encourages pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, breastfeeding women, and […]

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Mercury in Seafood: A Little Clarity

Bluefin Tuna on April 15th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on March 27, 2014: Huffington Post One of the most dangerous yet confusing toxic pollutants is mercury in seafood. Mercury is very bad for developing fetuses and children, and seafood is very good for them. But mercury is in all seafood. Like I said: confusing. Last summer a friend caught a quite […]

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Swimming With Giant Tuna

Bluefin Tuna, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on October 10th, 2012 4 Comments

First posted on Huffington Post on October 1, 2012. Greetings from my hardship post. I am at North Lake harbor on Prince Edward Island.  I’m here to witness giant bluefin tuna. Giant? Essentially all the fish weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. So, yeah, giant. Fishermen like Ross Keus want to develop no-kill bluefin tourism, […]

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Knocking on Heaven’s Shore; Bluefin Tuna Carrying Safe Fukushima Nuclear Radiation

Bluefin Tuna, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on June 9th, 2012 5 Comments

So the momometer tells us of another huge news story: bluefin tuna have carried radiation leaked from Japan’s tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant across the ocean to California, where fishermen are catching them. (The momometer, a Geiger-counter of news magnitude, is my 86-year old mother, Rose. No computer. When she phones me to tell me […]

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Wicked Tuna

Bluefin Tuna on March 14th, 2012 1 Comment

Carl talks tuna on the National Geographic website. Read his earlier blog post about National Geographic Channel’s new show “Wicked Tuna.”

Will National Geographic TV’s “Wicked Tuna” Be Better Than Advertized? By Carl Safina

Bluefin Tuna on January 30th, 2012 1 Comment

Following National Geographic Channel’s announcement of its upcoming TV show, “Wicked Tuna,” and my consequent slam, I received a phone call inviting me to Nat Geo headquarters. Our discussion seemed a big improvement over their press release. Yes, really. As announced, this show will feature commercial fishing for bluefin tuna. With or without the cameras, […]

National Geographic Channel, In Race For Bottom, Adds Killing Endangered Species To New Season Entertainment Lineup By Carl Safina

Bluefin Tuna on January 18th, 2012 2 Comments

original blog posted in Huffington Post: Well, people, what an incredibly long drop it’s been since the electrifying National Geographic TV specials of my youth, whose mere opening theme notes would raise the hair on my neck. It seems almost like the scenario of a post-apocalyptic surrealist satire, unimaginable just a few years back: […]

Bluefin Tuna: New Record Price for Carcass Further Devaluates the Fish By Carl Safina

Bluefin Tuna on January 9th, 2012 3 Comments

Here’s how I can tell if an environmental news story has permeated the public consciousness: my 86-year old mother phones to tell me about it. She doesn’t have a computer, just her morning newspaper. So when she called to read to me that a single bluefin tuna had sold at wholesale auction in Tokyo for […]

Bluefin Tuna: In Danger But Not Endangered

Bluefin Tuna, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on June 8th, 2011 3 Comments

First published on The Huffington Post. On May 27, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it won’t list Atlantic bluefin tuna as endangered. (Note timing: a Friday before a 3-day holiday.) The decision is understandable. The warm-blooded giant bluefin tuna can exceed half a ton and swim at highway speeds. Though also extremely […]

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