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Sustainable tuna

(article, Culinate staff)

If you love eating fish, especially sushi, you probably already know that the world's tuna populations are struggling. 

In the Pacific Ocean, bluefin tuna — the sushi darling — have nearly vanished. (In the north Pacific, however, albacore tuna are considered sustainable.) Meanwhile, traditional ways of bluefin fishing are slowly dying out in the Mediterranean, a region that's heavily overfished.

Around the globe, fish fans are trying to save the tuna. As Shannon Service reported for Slate back in April, eight tiny Pacific Island nations — with "nearly one-third of the world's total tuna inside their joint territorial waters" — have banded together to fight tuna pirates and manage their tuna fisheries. Their tuna (mostly skipjack) is now being marketed as the first sustainable tuna sold in Europe.

Meanwhile, researchers in the U.S. are trying to establish a sustainable, land-based aquaculture operation for yellowfin tuna in Rhode Island. The idea is to create green jobs as well as healthy fish.