Friday, November 20, 2009

Mediterranean bluefin tuna set to collapse in two years

Regular readers of Pound360 already know this, but for those that are new, Mediterranean bluefin tuna "will be commercially extinct within two years." (New Scientist) Why? Overfishing. A group of advisors for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) recommended that tuna fishing be suspended this year, but the advice was ignored.

Even if you don't eat tuna (Pound360 doesn't,
we're vegetarians here), you should care that these incredible creatures are going extinct. They can grow up to 1,000 pounds, swim 50 mph and dive as deep as 6,000 feet. And did you know that, if tuna stop moving they'll drown? No, not like sharks. Despite the conventional wisdom, sharks can stop moving. More interesting tuna facts here.

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