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2008-11-01 10:24:57

A giant Atlantic bluefin tuna weighing more than half a ton had the honor of being fitted with the 1000th electronic tracking tag placed on this threatened species when it was caught and released on Monday (October 20) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Port Hood, Nova Scotia. The prized fish, which measured 10 feet in length, was tagged by a scientific team from the Tag-A-Giant campaign of Stanford University, Dalhousie University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, working in collaboration with...

2008-09-26 06:00:00

By Sharon Noguchi; Mercury News If you down a plate of maguro for lunch or can't go a week without a dragon roll, the folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium would like to have a word with you. They're hoping that the next time a toro-loving connoisseur bellies up to the sushi bar, he'll think about not only personal health but also the health of the planet. The aquarium, along with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Blue Ocean Institute, on Thursday expanded a sustainable seafood guide...

2008-09-25 12:00:25

MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sushi lovers nationwide will soon have a way to make seafood choices that please the palate and safeguard the world's ocean wildlife. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/montereybayaquarium/35141/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080925/NYTH051 ) On October 22, three leading ocean conservation organizations -- Blue Ocean Institute, Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay...

2008-08-24 12:00:14

By John Schwartz Many sushi restaurants and seafood markets are playing a game of bait and switch, say two high school students turned high-tech sleuths. In a tale of teenagers, sushi and science, Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss, who graduated this year from the private Trinity School in New York , took on a freelance science project in which they checked 60 samples of seafood, using a simplified genetic fingerprinting technique to see whether what the fish diners buy is what they...

2008-08-22 03:00:11

By Sietsema, Robert Egg-Salad Sushi New chain meddles with our expectations for Japanese cuisine Sakae Sushi 135 West 3rd Street, 212-228-9100 Sakae Sushi is more than just a weird sushi bar-if s a culinary conundrum waiting to be deciphered. The slick, 60-unit chain recently touched down at Sixth Avenue and 3rd Street in the Village. I sauntered in one sweltering evening-just as the action was heating up on the adjacent outdoor basketball courts-to find the place serene, cool, and...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

For a smart baby, eat more fish. Although fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, are rich in heart- healthy omega-3 fatty acids, in recent years the government has warned pregnant women to restrict their intake to avoid exposure to high levels of mercury. But researchers at the Harvard School of Medicine have found a diet high in omega-3 might outweigh the risks posed by environmental pollution. Their report, published in the April issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that...

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2008-03-29 00:30:00

The recent sushi boom has had somewhat of an adverse effect due to over-confident consumers, fake sushi bars, and a strained fish stock. Sushi, once a rare treat only consumed by the wealthy, has recently become familiar fare. Experts in the industry are fighting the potential and present problems by raising awareness. Yoshi Tome, a chef who resides in California says, ""Everybody thinks: 'sushi is so expensive -- I can buy cheap fish, fresh fish, I can make it at home.' It's not true. Not...

2006-07-05 18:05:00

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Bluefin tuna risk being fished to extinction in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, a conservation group warned Wednesday, appealing for an immediate ban on catches of the highly prized fish. The WWF report said catches were running at 40 percent above the legal quota set by an international regulatory body. It said boats from Libya, Turkey and European Union nations led by France were responsible for most of the illegal and unregulated catches. "The...

2006-07-04 19:05:00

BRUSSELS -- Illegal fishing has devastated Europe's stocks of the highly prized bluefin tuna and threatens the species' survival in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. International quotas that aim to keep fish stocks viable were exceeded in both 2004 and 2005 for bluefin tuna, it said. "Fleets from the EU -- mainly France -- Libya and Turkey are the main offenders," WWF said in a report. "These countries are greatly exceeding their...

2006-03-06 17:43:34

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sushi is more popular than ever before but eating it "has become the new Russian roulette" in terms of safety, a group campaigning against mercury in fish said on Monday. Eli Saddler of gotmercury.org, a campaign of California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project, went to six top sushi restaurants in Los Angeles to test mercury levels in the fish they serve. "The level of mercury in tuna these restaurants serve is so high they should be keeping this food off...