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Old 02-04-2010, 05:43 PM
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The show Modern Marvels is showing the history and current capture and use of Tuna. Very interesting stuff.

In Japan there is an auction 6 days a week where they bid on Tuna much like we (Americans) bid on high end cars at the Barret Jackson auction. The average Tuna sells for between $2K and $20K. The most expensive one sold for over $160K. And its not just about size, they inspect the "fatty red belly meat" and the best belly meat gets the most cash.

Anyway...its on the History channel. Check your listings, its worth watching.
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Yep, most people don't realize that their sushi/sashimi fish was caught here, exported to Tokyo, auctioned off and re-exported back.

Just watched the show. Cool show.
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Interesting program.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:22 AM
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Forget the Sushi trade, I saw the part about the canned tune idustry. One starkist or Bubble Bee(for got which one) plant processes 200 tons A DAY every day 365 days a year. They say the Albacore is all long lined BUT the skipjack, yellowfin amd bigeye is all purse seined. No wonder we dont see the same yellowfin numbers on the east coast anymore. All for canned freakin tuna.
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plant processes 200 tons A DAY every day 365 days a year.
Pretty scarey numbers when you think of it......wonder how the sea can support such numbers?
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Pretty scarey numbers when you think of it......wonder how the sea can support such numbers?
It can't. Sooner rather than later they will be all gone.
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It can't. Sooner rather than later they will be all gone.
Yea they said bluefin will be all but extinct in 10 years. And a Japanese sushi buyer said he thinks catch rates should be cut in half.

They won't of course and it will be interesting to see the upcoming documentary showing all the docked and rotting commercial tuna boats.
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"Save the Tuna" used to be our rallying cry back in the 70's. Unfortuantely for the actual tuna species, our organization had more to do with late night pub crawls involving the land based species.
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I was the videographer who shot all of the footage of the bluefins being caught, tagged and released with Dr. Barbara Block and the Tag-A-Giant Series in the tv show. The one fish they showed on the Modern Marvels program being tagged weighed an estimated 700lbs. and was caught out of Morehead City January 2009
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This is what is happening to the tuna:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xPV8...eature=related
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Originally Posted by surrender View Post
Forget the Sushi trade, I saw the part about the canned tune idustry. One starkist or Bubble Bee(for got which one) plant processes 200 tons A DAY every day 365 days a year. They say the Albacore is all long lined BUT the skipjack, yellowfin amd bigeye is all purse seined. No wonder we dont see the same yellowfin numbers on the east coast anymore. All for canned freakin tuna.
Starkisk own by Nancy Pelousi and here husband and ran off shore out of american somioa and island in the pacific no laws no pay and they rape the fishery!!!
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