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2011-08-15 22:25:02

Seven species are threatened and in need of further protection A global study by an international team including professor John Graves of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has found that several species of tunas and billfishes are threatened and in need of further protection. The team's analysis"”published in a recent issue of Science magazine's Policy Forum"”is the first study of global tuna and billfish populations using the methods of the International Union for...

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2011-07-10 08:33:21

"¨Sorry, Charlie, but it looks as though tuna species are in more danger now than ever before, as two new species were added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species this week thanks to new study claims that as many as five different types of the fish could be in danger of dying out completely."¨On Saturday, BBC News Science Reporter Jennifer Carpenter said that two additional species of tuna had been added to the World Conservation Union's record, along with two mackerel and two...

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2011-05-29 06:15:00

The U.S. rejected calls to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species on Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that while it was worried about overfishing it did not fear imminent extinction. Environmental groups repeatedly voiced concern that the global fad for Japanese food was driving the world's stocks of tuna to dangerously low levels and have tried hard to provide safeguard to preserve the species' survival. NOAA said it was putting...

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2011-04-19 11:30:00

More than 40 species of fish that are native to the Mediterranean Seas are threatened with extinction in the next few years, according to a survey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Overfishing, pollution and the loss of habitat are to blame for the possible disappearance of half of the species of sharks and rays as well as at least 12 species of bony fish, report the AP. Although some of the endangered sharks and rays are not commercially valuable, they are...

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2010-11-27 15:40:00

Researchers at the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) have taken a new step towards achieving the domestication of bluefin tuna. A dozen juveniles have been adapted to the captivity in land based facilities, something that had already been successfully achieved in Japan, Australia and the USA in other species of tuna.Research scientists Fernando de la Gándara and Aurelio Ortega, along with technicians Juan Ram³n Prieto and Javier Viguri from the tuna culture team at the IEO, have...

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2010-04-21 07:51:08

New research provides insight into healthier consumption of sushi New research showing that that mercury levels are higher in some species of tuna could help consumers minimize their consumption of the silvery metal in their sushi and provide a powerful new tool for regulatory organizations. The new research"”combining DNA barcoding at that American Museum of Natural History with analysis of mercury content at Rutgers University"”is published in Biology Letters early online...

2010-02-22 12:28:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the European Commission's failure to reach an unqualified decision on the proposal to prohibit international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna at the upcoming meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). "Today's 'recommendation' by the European Commission is a non-decision. Monaco...

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2009-11-20 07:40:48

While most of us would never willingly consume a highly endangered species, doing so might be as easy as plucking sushi from a bento box. New genetic detective work from the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History shows that bluefin tuna is routinely plated in sushi bars sampled in New York and Colorado. A quarter of what was labeled as tuna on sushi menus was bluefin, and some was even escolar, a waxy, buttery fish often labeled "white tuna" that...

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2009-11-16 12:25:00

The EU Commission has announced an agreement among 45 countries to lower the annual catch quota for threatened bluefin tuna in the Atlantic. The deal was struck at a meeting of the International Commission For The Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which sets annual fishing limits in order to improve conservation of threatened species. According to the agreement, countries including the US, EU and Japan would cut their bluefin tuna fishing quotas to 13,500 tons next year. "It is a clear...

2008-10-13 06:00:27

On 13 October, the website of the Indonesian daily Kompas reported that the Indonesian Government is attempting to secure a larger quota for southern bluefin or western bluefin tuna because the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) has set the Indonesian quota at only 750 tonnes per year. This quota is thought to be too small in comparison with the catch size, vessels and fishing companies in Indonesia. "How to increase and divide the quota, whether it is based on...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'