Troubled Tuna

by Michelle Frey

March 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered what goes into your can of tuna fish? We’ve all heard about buying dolphin-safe tuna, but that isn’t the only ocean creature that is affected by tuna fishermen. Turtles, smaller fish, marine mammals and even ocean habitats are endangered or destroyed by tuna fishermen who go to any length necessary to catch tuna. As more and more people get an appetite for tuna, less and less can be found in the seas.

When I was little, I thought tuna were small, like sardines. How else cuold they get them to fit into those tiny tin cans?

But, in reality tuna are quite magnificent. The Atlantic bluefin tuna, for example, are gigantic–growing to lengths of up to 10 feet and weights of up to 1,500 pounds. They are also really fast swimmers, swimming at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Greenpeace has a new web page all about tuna. You can see what’s really in each can of tuna with an interactive flash feature. You can also see what species of tuna are on the Greenpeace red list and why they are in trouble.



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