Bluefin tuna – the end?

The Mediterranea/Sicilian fishing method is to trap the wild Bluefin in nets and maintain them in a tonnara.


We are seeing a belated attempt by governments to save the bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. When the Centre for Biological Diversity previously tried to list the species as endangered, the reason given was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The real losses come from their use as sushi, their high prices and therefore a vast and worldwide network of fishermen who are simply greedy.

The history of this demise of a great fish is tragic. When the Mediterranean population was almost wiped out, Italian fishermen and others continued the ancient tradition of corralling and later “slaughtering” them, having matured in literal captivity. The Pacific decline followed that example with a 96.4 % decrease from the population when it was not fished. It was 2012 before limits were imposed, and only in the eastern Pacific.

Read the full story here.


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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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