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’.
Skipjack, the most commonly-eaten tuna is not biologically a proper tuna, it’s more of a distant cousin.
Big tuna are super-predators. They eat fish that eat fish, so they are a few steps up the food chain. That makes them comparable with tigers, or wolves on land.... Read more >