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Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Humanity Driving 'Unprecedented' Marine Extinction - A new report published in Science indicates that we are hunting and killing larger sea animals in a way that will disrupt ocean ecosystems for millions of years to come.


Sydney Angler Lands Monster Southern Bluefin Tuna

The southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) is one of the largest bony fish in the world. The incredibly streamlined and powerful body is deepest near the middle of the first dorsal fin and tapers...


Breeding Wild Southern Bluefin Tuna - Australia with Simon Reeve - BBC

Southern bluefin tuna swimming next to fish farm net

from Financial Times

Environment: The end of the line -

Southern Bluefin Tuna CRITICALLY ENDANGERED: Prized by sushi lovers and known as the Porsche of the sea because it can reach speeds of up to 70km/hour and travel vast distances, bluefin numbers have plummeted since the 1950s, prompting widespread calls for more protection.

Overfishing has seen the southern bluefin tuna driven to the brink of extinction. The flesh of this massive bony fish has a particularly high fat content and commands a high price in Japan, where an individual fish can fetch as much as US$ 10,000 in 'sashimi' markets. The annual catch of this species during the 1960s was around 80,000 tonnes worldwide and it is estimated that global breeding stocks have been reduced by as much as 97 percent.