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Scientists have detected radioactivity in California's Pacific bluefin tuna that migrated from the waters of Japan's nuclear disaster. We're taking a closer look at this interesting story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed Pacific to U.S.
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Five months after the Fukushima disaster, scientists from Fisher of Stony Brook University tested Pacific bluefin tuna that were captured off the coast of San Diego. Research found the levels of radioactive ceisum were 10 times more than in previous years. Bluefin tuna absorbed radiation from swimming in Japan's contaminated waters and by feeding on contaminated prey. As the tuna traveled east, they shed some of the radiation through metabolism but grew even larger and weren't able to completely flush out the contamination from their system.
"We were frankly kind of startled," said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"That's a big ocean. To swim across it and still retain these radionuclides is pretty amazing," Fisher said.
Scientists have detected radioactivity in California's Pacific bluefin tuna... more
From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most remote regions of the world. What was once one nation's cuisine has, in a matter of 20 years, gone global. But the worlds' insatiable appetite for sushi comes at cost.
In this Vanguard hour, Adam, a ravenous sushi consumer since childhood, goes on the journey of the Bluefin tuna from the deep waters of the ocean to a sushi bar in downtown Los Angeles. He then travels to Japan, where the populace is nervously bracing for what could be a world without Bluefin tuna. Adam visits the famous Tsukiji fish market, where the world's best fish is bought and sold to the world -- and asks the question: will our taste buds spell chaos for the world's oceans? A recent study by the UN warns that the world's oceans may be completely depleted of fish in 40 years. Already, ninety percent of the large fish in the world's oceans have disappeared. And one of the most endangered fish today is the Bluefin tuna--also know as the king of sushi.From Siberia to the Amazon, you can now get your sushi fix in some of the most remote... more
$736,000 bluefin tuna...Kiyoshi Kimura paid 56.49 million yen ($736,000) for a bluefin tuna at the first auction of 2012 at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, breaking the old record for the most expensive tuna in Tokyo. Pricey Sushi: Tuna Fetches Record $736,000 (Video)
http://www.pinoyhalo.com/2012/01/06/record-breaking-bluefin-tuna-in-tokyo-auction-cost-736000-video/$736,000 bluefin tuna...Kiyoshi Kimura paid 56.49 million yen ($736,000) for a bluefin... more
A deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for a single tuna, the most ever paid for the fish, at Japan's Tsukiji fish market on Thursday.
The 269-kilogramme (592-pound) bluefin -- caught off the coast of Japan's northern Aomori prefecture -- stood at an eye-popping 56.49 million yen ($736,500) when the hammer came down in the first auction of the year.
The figure dwarfs the previous high of 32.49 million yen paid at last year's inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that also features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.
Thursday's winning bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the company that runs the popular Sushi-Zanmai chain.
At around 210,000 yen per kilogramme, a single slice of sushi could cost as much as 5,000 yen, but the firm plans to sell it at a more regular price of up to 418 yen, local media reported.
"I wanted to win the best tuna so that Japanese customers, not overseas, can enjoy it," Kimura said, referring to a Hong Kong sushi restaurant owner who bought the previous year's record tuna.
Decades of overfishing have seen global tuna stocks crash, leading some Western nations to call for a ban on endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna.
Japan consumes three-quarters of the global catch of bluefin, a highly prized sushi ingredient known in Japan as "kuro maguro" (black tuna) and dubbed by sushi connoisseurs the "black diamond" because of its scarcity.A deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly three-quarters of a million dollars... more
Video at the link (guardian website)
Shocking footage reveals tuna industry's slaughter of marine life
New video footage captured by a tuna industry whistleblower has been released by Greenpeace, which reveals the routine slaughter of other marine species, including whale sharks, rays and whales. The footage is shot onboard a tuna fishing vessel in the
Pacific which deploys fish aggregating devices, one of the most aggressive fishing operations used by the industry in the face of declining fish populations owing to overfishing.
Warning: this footage contains images that some may find disturbingVideo at the link (guardian website) Shocking footage reveals tuna... more
Seafood isn’t only sold in the seafood section. Americans buy a tremendous amount of our seafood from the shelves of our local grocer rather than from the freezers, including one particular item that we put in everything from sandwiches to casseroles to salads: tuna fish.Seafood isn’t only sold in the seafood section. Americans buy a tremendous... more
Who wants to put their dog in a giant, unsafe looking hamster wheel or bake their cat a tuna cake in the microwave? You? Well then. Guess it's time to check out the Global Pet Expo's truly odd inventions...Who wants to put their dog in a giant, unsafe looking hamster wheel or bake their cat... more
Although they're 155 miles from one crew's rescue emergency, Skipper Chug and his own team face their own dilemma. To cover costs, Chug needs to pull in a large yellow fin tuna, but his resourceful ideas for attracting fish still only lure small bites. Conditions gets worse when one crewman suffers a blow while reeling in a heavy catch, hollering as he loses mobility in his hand.
Off the coast of Australia, tough-as-nails longline fishermen risk it all on the hunt for monster-sized tuna and swordfish. Hooked on Danger goes to sea with three larger than life skippers and their crews as they brave treacherous storms, brutal working hours and their own hot tempers. When the fish are biting, a five-day trip can bring in $100,000; but a bad catch means the crew can spend days of grueling work at sea without earning a penny. For some it's an adrenaline rush; for others, it's simply a way of life.
Double up on episodes of "Hooked on Danger." New episodes air Wednesdays at 9PM and another at 9:30PM on Current TV.Although they're 155 miles from one crew's rescue emergency, Skipper Chug... more
Sustainable seafood purchases have surged in the UK after being encouraged by a new Channel 4 Fish Fight campaign. According to leading UK supermarkets, people have started preferring species such as coley, dab, mussels, squid and sardines over salmon, cod and tunaSustainable seafood purchases have surged in the UK after being encouraged by a new... more
My endless curiosity and wild pursuits have landed me in various, odd places throughout my time as a journalist. I often find myself asking "Where the hell am I this time? And how did I get here?"
I'm on a rickety, old bus whose seats all seem to sink in the middle. A motley bunch of countryfolk curiously look on as a blonde-haired woman (my producer) speaks in English with a strange Japanese-looking guy whose Western mannerisms are befuddling (me). Looking outside, I see very little. We're in a bit of a blizzard, and the fresh white powder is my light source.
I'm typing this, with half-frozen thumbs, onto my Blackberry. I can't find an Internet connection for my laptop, but Japan's amazing cell network means it's easy to catch a strong BlackBerry signal.My endless curiosity and wild pursuits have landed me in various, odd places... more
With the Atlantic bluefin tuna being fished to extinction, environment groups have increased their pressure on governments to take action to protect the species.
http://health.buzztopic.info/tough-action-urged-to-protect-bluefin-tuna/With the Atlantic bluefin tuna being fished to extinction, environment groups have... more
Shocking evidence of conditions akin to slavery on trawlers that provide fish for European dinner tables has been found in an investigation off the coast of west Africa. Forced labour and human rights abuses involving African crews have been uncovered on trawlers fishing illegally for the European market by investigators for an environmental campaign group. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/6577-horror-fishing-Shocking evidence of conditions akin to slavery on trawlers that provide fish for... more
Reel fishing comedy celebrity fishing show! Big fish and big fun, hilarious!
Join us on TheFishingTube.com for our first season of Reel Fishing October 7th 2010. Don't miss out on your favorite celebs... JB Holmes, Jim McMahon, Frank Viola, Charles Howell III.Reel fishing comedy celebrity fishing show! Big fish and big fun, hilarious! Join us... more
From the NY Times Magazine (June 21, 2010)
In the international waters south of Malta, the Greenpeace vessels Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise deployed eight inflatable Zodiacs and skiffs into the azure surface of the Mediterranean. Protesters aboard donned helmets and took up DayGlo flags and plywood shields. With the organization’s observation helicopter hovering above, the pilots of the tiny boats hit their throttles, hurtling the fleet forward to stop what they viewed as an egregious environmental crime. It was a high-octane updating of a familiar tableau, one that anyone who has followed Greenpeace’s Save the Whales adventures of the last 35 years would have recognized. But in the waters off Malta there was not a whale to be seen.
What was in the water that day was a congregation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, a fish that when prepared as sushi is one of the most valuable forms of seafood in the world. It’s also a fish that regularly journeys between America and Europe and whose two populations, or “stocks,” have both been catastrophically overexploited. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of only two known Atlantic bluefin spawning grounds, has only intensified the crisis. By some estimates, there may be only 9,000 of the most ecologically vital megabreeders left in the fish’s North American stock, enough for the entire population of New York to have a final bite (or two) of high-grade otoro sushi. The Mediterranean stock of bluefin, historically a larger population than the North American one, has declined drastically as well. Indeed, most Mediterranean bluefin fishing consists of netting or “seining” young wild fish for “outgrowing” on tuna “ranches.” Which was why the Greenpeace craft had just deployed off Malta: a French fishing boat was about to legally catch an entire school of tuna, many of them undoubtedly juveniles.
Oliver Knowles, a 34-year-old Briton who was coordinating the intervention, had told me a few days earlier via telephone what the strategy was going to be. “These fishing operations consist of a huge purse-seining vessel and a small skiff that’s quite fast,” Knowles said. A “purse seine” is a type of net used by industrial fishing fleets, called this because of the way it draws closed around a school of fish in the manner of an old-fashioned purse cinching up around a pile of coins. “The skiff takes one end of the net around the tuna and sort of closes the circle on them,” Knowles explained. “That’s the key intervention point. That’s where we have the strong moral mandate.”
But as the Zodiacs approached the French tuna-fishing boat Jean-Marie Christian VI, confusion engulfed the scene. As anticipated, the French seiner launched its skiffs and started to draw a net closed around the tuna school. Upon seeing the Greenpeace Zodiacs zooming in, the captain of the Jean-Marie Christian VI issued a call. “Mayday!” he shouted over the radio. “Pirate attack!” Other tuna boats responded to the alert and arrived to help. The Greenpeace activists identified themselves over the VHF, announcing they were staging a “peaceful action.”
Aboard one Zodiac, Frank Hewetson, a 20-year Greenpeace veteran who in his salad days as a protester scaled the first BP deepwater oil rigs off Scotland, tried to direct his pilot toward the net so that he could throw a daisy chain of sandbags over its floating edge and allow the bluefin to escape. But before Hewetson could deploy his gear, a French fishing skiff rammed his Zodiac. A moment later Hewetson was dragged by the leg toward the bow. “At first I thought I’d been lassoed,” Hewetson later told me from his hospital bed in London. “But then I looked down. ” A fisherman trying to puncture the Zodiac had swung a three-pronged grappling hook attached to a rope into the boat and snagged Hewetson clean through his leg between the bone and the calf muscle. (Using the old language of whale protests, Greenpeace would later report to Agence France-Presse that Hewetson had been “harpooned.”)
“Ma jambe! Ma jambe!” Hewetson cried out in French, trying to signal to the fisherman to slack off on the rope. The fisherman, according to Hewetson, first loosened it and then reconsidered and pulled it tight again. Eventually Hewetson was able to get enough give in the rope to yank the hook free. Elsewhere, fishermen armed with gaffs and sticks sank another Zodiac and, according to Greenpeace’s Knowles, fired a flare at the observation helicopter. At a certain point, the protesters made the decision to break off the engagement. “We have currently pulled back from the seining fleet,” Knowles e-mailed me shortly afterward, “to regroup and develop next steps.” Bertrand Wendling, the executive director of the tuna-fishing cooperative of which the Jean-Marie Christian VI was a part, called the Greenpeace protest “without doubt an act of provocation” in which “valuable work tools” were damaged.
(This story is much, much longer and continues at the link!)From the NY Times Magazine (June 21, 2010)... more
Environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd group said Friday they had "liberated" some 800 bluefin tuna that had been caught by what they described as poachers and were being towed by two fishing vessels off the coast of Libya.
Five scuba divers on Thursday afternoon cut open a circular holding net filled with fish below legal weight and caught after the fishing season closed, Sea Shepherd said in a press release.
The operation was carried out 42 miles (68 kilometres) off the coast of north Africa in waters claimed by Libya, according to the release.
The net was being towed by two boats, the Italian vessel Cesare Rustico and the Libyan vessel Tagreft, it said.
"Sea Shepherd is convinced that this catch was caught after June 14 and they hold the position that this operation by these two vessels was illegal," the statement said.
Activists on the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin rejected claims by the captain of the Libyan vessel that the fish had been caught three days earlier.
The divers took pictures of their action and posted them on the organisation's website (www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-100617-1.html).
Bluefin tuna have become a major source of controversy. Highly prized in Japan for consumption in sushi, their numbers have fallen dangerously low in the Mediterranean and east Atlantic, say green groups.
COMMENT AT CIVICANIMAL.COMEnvironmental activists from the Sea Shepherd group said Friday they had... more
By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
“There’s a dead dolphin on this beach,” Mother Jones‘ Mac McClelland, wrote yesterday in Louisiana. It’s one snapshot of the harm visited on the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill. Back in Washington, the Senate climate bill, which would put the country on a path to cleaner energy consumption, is on its last legs.
You’d think that after a seemingly unstoppable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (official estimates are up to 50,000 barrels a day, as of yesterday) and the hottest spring on record (hello, climate change!), U.S. citizens and elected representatives would recognize that our country’s thirst for resources has consequences.
It’s not just that oil is spilling into the Gulf, even after BP hit on a fix. Besides the blow-out that has dominated headlines, another, more routine spill showed up near the Louisiana coast. The Deepwater Horizon spill is now the larger of two spills in the Gulf Coast, according to Care2. A week ago in Pennsylvania, a natural gas well owned by EOG Resources (formerly Enron) shot a geyser of chemical-laced water 75 feet into the air; and on Monday, in West Virginia, another natural gas well, this one owned by Chief Oil and Natural Gas, also exploded, as AlterNet reports.
Yet BP is still supplying the Pentagon with oil and gas, as Jeremy Scahill writes at The Nation. Senators are still supporting natural gas exploration and off-shore oil drilling. The White House has also abandoned any intention of pushing for strong legislation that would push for better, cleaner energy.
Lifestyle vs. lives
Americans aren’t willing to give up their lifestyle, so wild animals are giving up their lives. One casualty of the BP spill in the Gulf might be bluefin tuna. Their population is 20% of what it was 40 years ago, Inter Press Service reports. Although the effects of the oil spill won’t be entirely clear for a few years, scientists are worried.
“Biologically, bluefin are already unlucky,” IPS writes. “The fish – which can be as long as and faster than a sports car – only spawn once a year and only in certain locations.”
Schools of the tuna, IPS reports, are headed now towards the Gulf of Mexico.
“The spill has been going on during their peak spawning period in the only place the western population spawns, so in timing and location it’s probably the worst place you could have it and during the worst time,” Lee Crocket, director of federal fisheries policy at Pew Environment, told IPS.
All the creatures of the sea
It’s not just tuna that are at risk, either. Mother Jones’ Julia Whitty has been documenting the fate of birds, fish, and other sea creatures that come into contact with the oil in the Gulf. She visited Elmer’s Island, LA, and snapped a shot of one of the dead jelly fish that had washed up on the shore:
“There were dead Portuguese man o’war jellies—one of the few species that weather the travails of the dead zone that afflicts these waters each summer. The dead zone is an area around the outflow of the Mississippi River made hypoxic by too many nutrients flowing downstream, mostly from farms and ranches. If you’re a jellyfish, a dead zone is survivable. Apparently an oiled zone is not.”
BP’s shroud of secrecy
BP has been remarkably cagey with the public about what’s going on in the Gulf. In addition to keeping reporters away from soiled area, the company hasn’t shown much interest in understanding exactly how much oil it’s spilling into the ocean. Initial estimates of 1,000 barrels per day have blossomed into estimates, on the low end, of 25,000 barrels. On Democracy Now!, scientist Ira Leifer said that the company is being more forthcoming with information now than it was originally. But he’d like a fuller picture:
“What there really should be at these kind of sites is some acoustic methods, whether it’s sonar or passive listening devices, or other approaches that continuously are monitoring and waiting for something to happen and then would provide a nonstop, steady data stream, so we could actually learn from what happens….These things, they’re not steady states. They belch. They have large eruptions.”
What that means, Leifer said, is that it’s not necessarily accurate to talk about a definitive rate at which the oil is pouring out. In his words, “the flow today is not necessarily the flow tomorrow.” What’s more, the attempts to stop the spill can make it worse. One concern is that the rock surrounding the pipe could “give out,” Leifer says. In that scenario, the oil would not just come from the pipe but from many sites in the surrounding sea bed.
“This reservoir is massive, and it could easily flow that kind of oil for the next twenty or thirty years, if it was left to go unattended,” Leifer said. “So the amount of oil that could end up in the environment if measures are not successful is at what I would call unimaginable.”
Spin, BP, spin
Given that sort of doomsday scenario, it’s not surprising that BP has plans to promise as little as possible to the spill’s victims. As Justin Elliott reports at TPMMuckraker, the company’s plan for oil spills instructs its spokespeople not to promise anything.
BP’s June 2009 Gulf of Mexico Regional Oil Spill Response Plan reads: “No statement shall be made containing … Promises that property, ecology, or anything else will be restored to normal,” Elliott writes.
How to move beyond these horror stories? This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) completely disowned the climate legislation he was working on before, and both Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum and The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen bemoaned the climate bill’s fate.
Yesterday, the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have stripped the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate carbon. Although the amendment failed, support from Democrats like Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln signals that the support isn’t there for even unambitious climate legislation. And at this juncture, it seems like the U.S. has done more harm than good in the international arena.
Coping with Copenhagen
International leaders are at Bonn this week, trying to pick up the pieces from last November’s climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.
“Copenhagen was a pretty horrible conference,” conceded Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as IPS reports. “This year it’s about restoring trust.”
For the U.S., passing climate legislation would help.
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What would happen if BP spilled a bunch of coffee on their conference room table? Pretty much the same thing if they spilled a whole bunch of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.What would happen if BP spilled a bunch of coffee on their conference room table?... more
A recently published study, intended to provide data to commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico so they maximize their catch of Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares, whilst avoiding bycatch of critically endangered Atlantic (Northern) Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, suggests that the Deepwater Horizon oil leak may devastate the endangered Atlantic bluefin population, causing it to completely collapse or possibly go extinct.A recently published study, intended to provide data to commercial fisheries in the... more
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst environmental disaster the US has faced. Toxic oil from the Deepwater Horizon well threatens the region's sensitive shorelines and the nesting birds along the Louisiana coast. But there's another species at serious risk: the Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. This disturbing video tells you more about their plight, and how this oil spill could be the last straw that pushes them over the edge ...The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst environmental disaster the US has faced.... more