Bluefin Tuna Farms

Sep 14 2011

Hopefully, we all know that Bluefin Tuna numbers are dangerously low, skimming the grey area of the endangered species list. The fish has made its way onto our sustainable seafood guide and is a victim of overfishing in international waters.

As previously mentioned by Sea•thos, human consumption of seafood has hit an all time high, diminishing the numbers of wild-caught Bluefin Tuna as well as many other popular seafood species.

A new article from the LA Times, discusses a new trend, that of farming Bluefin Tuna.

Umami, an Icelandic seafood conglomerate, purchased a Mexican aquaculture operation in late 2010 and is ranching what it calls “sustainable” Pacific Bluefin. It’s one of several Bluefin ranches that have cropped up in waters across the world.

While the farming is a new idea, there are some issues with it. Most notably, the Bluefin’s migratory nature, as well as relatively slow sexual maturity, compounding the problem with fishing it sustainably.

To read more from the article click here!

Fun Fact: 90% of Bluefin Tuna is consumed in Japan

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