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  • Tuna: The quick species guide

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - May 2, 2014 at 14:03

    Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but beleaguered bluefins.

    So I've pulled together a quick guide to the tuna species you’re likely to encounter in New Zealand.

    This is not intended to encourage you to eat them, you understand, just raise awareness of what it is that is being served up, and what issues you need to think about.

    There are about 15 species of tuna recognised worldwide, but in New Zealand, you are likely to only encounter a few of those.

    Here’s a quick guide to the species you might encounter: Read more >

    SKIPJACK (Katsuwonas pelamis)


  • On Thursday, one of the busiest harbours in the world was the backdrop for a citizen action to do what governments are seemingly unable or unwilling to; reject arctic oil drilling and stand up to the single-minded and ecologically harmful greed of corporate interests.

    Buoyed by over five million Arctic Defenders, the Greenpeace activists put themselves between the oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov – a 258-meter long monster whose wake stretches all the way back to thePrirazlomanaya oil platform – and the port.

    The Ulyanov's hold contains the first oil to be produced by the Gazprom-owned arctic drilling rig. A rig which I and Greenpeace know intimately. Not too long ago, seven of the activists arrested for today's peaceful protest were the very same people who spent two months in a Russian pris... Read more >

  • Tuna are for life, not just for lunch.

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - May 2, 2014 at 12:35

    Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

    There are 8 recognised species of ‘true’ tuna (Atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin, southern bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, longtail & blacktail) and a further 8 species in the extended family that are normally called ‘tuna’.