This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the Atlantic bluefin tuna, and how to keep this fish off your plate.
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the Atlantic bluefin tuna, and how to keep this impressive fish off your plate.
Habitat: the open ocean of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic bluefin tuna trivia
Why they’re threatened and how to help
Bluefin tuna is considered a top-notch fish for sushi and sashimi. In fact, the world record for the most expensive bluefin tuna was set in January 2012, when a 593-pound bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a mind-boggling $736,000. That’s a lot of sashimi.
However, because of its demand, the bluefin has been overfished and is not recovering. It is listed as endangered.
Individuals can easily do their part to protect the bluefin tuna in their daily lives—don’t buy bluefin tuna (or choose it at a restaurant). Encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you notice that a store or restaurant carries it, speak to a manager or owner about removing it from their supply or menu. If a menu just lists “tuna” ask what kind it is.