Archive for Bluefin Tuna

Mercury in Seafood: A Little Clarity

Bluefin Tuna on April 15th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on Huffingtonpost.com 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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-safina/national-geographic-channel-wicked-tuna_b_1207859.html 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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Blue Ocean Institute’s Dr. Carl Safina speaks out at TEDx Oil Spill event in DC

Bluefin Tuna, Climate Change, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, News, PBS Television Show: "Saving the Ocean", Sea Turtles, Whales on June 29th, 2010 No Comments

Guest blog by Stephen Dishart, Executive Director, Blue Ocean Institute To view Carl’s TEDx Oil Spill lecture click here. Safina points to gross negligence as the cause of the spill With a remarkable agenda of speakers, the hottest topic on the planet and a crowd of environmental experts and others eager for the latest word […]

Gulf Oil and Bluefin Tuna; The Double Whammy

Bluefin Tuna, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out on May 25th, 2010 3 Comments

Audubon magazine quotes a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employee saying that ‘There have been no reports of oil in the known spawning areas yet.’ First of all, that’s basically wrong. Second, as if, what, they think the nearby spawning area won’t be imminently drenched with dissolved toxic dispersant and oil? They’re still wait-and-seeing? […]