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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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2010-11-24 12:40:00

According to a new report based on genetic analysis, 30 percent of cannned tunas tested in a dozen countries were mislabeled or had other irregularities. Some of the 50 brands sampled contained different species of tuna across the same product, or had two different species in the same can. Some cans labeled as skipjack also had bigeye or yellowtail tuna, both species with declining populations.  The independent report was timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the International...

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2010-11-15 09:05:00

Fishing proponents and environmental conservationists are gearing up for what could well be a heated battle over fishing quotas during an international summit due to commence later this week. The 48 member nations of the Madrid-based International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will gather for a 10-day period, starting on Wednesday. At issue will be Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas, which currently stand at 13,500 metric tons. According to Leigh Thomas of Reuters, the...

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2010-10-09 06:35:00

Scientists' recommendations for endangered bluefin tuna fishing quotas came under fire Friday by environmental groups that warned they are based on out-of-date and unreliable data. A four-day meeting on the subject, held in Madrid, Spain, was concluded Friday by the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The scientists made recommendations to be presented to ICCAT, the inter-governmental group that...

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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...

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2010-03-14 08:25:00

The head of the UN Wildlife trade organization said on Saturday that Atlantic bluefin tuna is in crisis and meets the criteria for a total ban on international trade, according to the AFP news agency. The 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is the only UN body that has the power to outlaw commerce in endangered wild animals and plants. The Convention will debate a proposal on bluefin tuna, as well as the status of African elephants, polar bears and...

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2009-11-27 13:51:46

No matter the cost, French chefs have decided to keep bluefin tuna and any other threatened fish species off their menus. Environmentalists say bluefin tuna faces the threat of extinction because of overfishing and want its trade banned by CITES, the UN body that rules on wildlife trade. Olivier Roellinger, one of the country's greatest chefs, told AFP that with half of the fish eaten in Europe dished up in restaurants, it was high time for the food-loving nation's leading chefs to take a...

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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...


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Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares
2013-01-12 07:32:33

The yellowfin tuna is found in deep off-shore water distributed worldwide in both tropical and subtropical oceans, ranging to depths of 330 ft. The yellowfin can dive to 3,500 feet or more, but generally school in depths 246 feet or less. Although the yellow fin is a deep water fish it will occasionally come to shallower water to feed when water conditions are suitable and food is abundant. Being one of the larger species of tuna the yellowfin can weigh over 400 lbs. and reach a length of...

Blackfin Tuna, Thunnus atlanticus
2012-05-22 10:43:32

The Blackfin Tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) is a species of tuna found only in the western Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to Brazil. This is the smallest species of tuna, typically growing to 39 inches in length and weighing 46 lbs. It has an oval-shaped body, black back with slight yellow on the finlets, and yellow on the sides of the body. The dietary needs of this tuna are less than for most other tuna species. It will eat the tiny larvae of king shrimp and mantis shrimp, true shrimp, and...

Albacore, Thunnus alalunga
2012-04-02 15:56:46

The Albacore, (Thunnus alalunga), also known as the Albacore Tuna, Albicore, Longfin, Albies, Pigfish, Tombo ahi, Binnaga, Pacific Albacore, German Bonito, Longfin Tuna, Longfin Tunny, and just Tuna, is a species of fish in the Scombridae family. It is the only species of tuna they is marketed as “white meat tuna” in the United States. It is found in open waters of all tropical and temperate oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. The adult Albacore measure up to 4.5 feet in length and...

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