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  • Charlie Tuna, Longtime Los Angeles DJ, Dies at 71

    03/01/2016 7:59:22 AM PST · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | 2-29=16 | LAMARCO MCCLENDON
    Radio personality and TV announcer Charlie Tuna died Feb. 19 at his home in Tarzana, Calif. He was 71. According to his website, he died in his sleep. A fixture on Los Angeles radio starting in the late ’60s, Tuna was part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock lineup and helped launch KROQ-AM and KIIS. He served as both program director and morning man for KIIS AM and FM. Tuna, whose real name was Art Ferguson, was a native of Kearney, Nebraska. He was said to have worked on more stations and formats than anyone in Los Angeles radio history....
  • Woman with pistol in vagina charged with unlawful carry

    09/09/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 126 replies
    WFAA ^ | September 8, 2015 | Josh Davis
    WACO, Texas – Officers searching a woman after a traffic stop found a fully-loaded pistol in her vagina, Waco police said. Just before 11 p.m. Monday, officers stopped a 1998 Toyota Land Rover at 15th and Blair in north Waco for a traffic violation. During the stop, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Gabriel Garcia, 30, was allegedly had 2.7 grams of methamphetamine under his driver's seat. A further search of the car allegedly uncovered another 29.5 grams of meth and weighing scales in the purse of the female passenger, Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31. Because the traffic stop occurred...
  • Starkist Tuna Class Action Settlement Means Customers Get $25 In Cash Or $50 In Tuna

    08/25/2015 10:36:05 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 83 replies
    consumerist ^ | August 25, 2015 | Laura Northrup
    Two and a half years ago, a man who eats tuna filed a class action lawsuit against Starkist, a tuna company. His allegation was that the company was deliberately under-filling each can by a few tenths of an ounce. That might not make a difference to one consumer making one tuna salad, but would add up over millions of cans. While Starkist doesn’t admit fault, the case has been settled. If you’re a resident of the United States and bought at least one five-ounce can of any of these tunas from Starkist between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014,...
  • Bumble Bee Foods to Pay $6 Million in Death of Worker Killed in Industrial Oven

    08/12/2015 3:23:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    KTLA ^ | 12:56pm, August 12, 2015 | Melissa Pamer,
    The horrific death of Jose Melena of Wilmington occurred Oct. 11, 2012, when he entered a 35-foot cylindrical oven and became inadvertently trapped when coworkers loaded 12,000 pounds of canned tuna into the oven. Workers did not know Melena was inside, according to the DA’s office. During the two-hour heat sterilization process, the oven’s internal temperature rose to about 270 degrees, the DA’s office had previously said. Melena’s severely burned remains were discovered by a coworker. His family will get $1.5 million of the $6 million settlement payout. Under the plea agreement, San Diego-based Bumble Bee will also be required...
  • Tuna Company, 2 Employees Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

    Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a California worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna, prosecutors said.
  • Tuna Plant Charged After Worker Cooked to Death

    04/28/2015 10:04:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 67 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 28, 2015 12:18 AM CDT | Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
    (Newser) – Felony charges have been filed more than two years after the horrific death of a worker at a California tuna plant. Bumble Bee Foods and two of its employees have been charged with willfully violating safety rules in the death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, who was cooked to death inside an industrial oven at the company's Santa Fe Springs plant, the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • The secret histories of 6 ubiquitous American foods

    12/29/2014 11:42:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 57 replies
    The Week ^ | December 26, 2014 | Therese Oneill
    In much the same way most American homes have different half-filled tubes of sunblock, off-sized batteries, and calculators that can't be thrown away, most American homes have the six following foods. We may not eat them often, or even like them, but we still keep them on hand. They're just part of what make a home a home — even if we forget why. Here, the largely forgotten histories of six American staples. 1. Tuna fish During the 20th century tuna fish was one America's most purchased proteins — but it didn't happen without a dash of ingenuity. In 1903,...
  • State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

    06/27/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 6-27-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen’s group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site. “The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it,” said a statement released by state health and environmental officials. The FDA review was based on a sampling plan developed by the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services,...
  • Vanity: Is there a brand of canned tuna that isn't all mush?

    04/04/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 88 replies
    Seriously, the cans say chunk light but it's all mush.
  • Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?

    08/26/2013 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Errant · 103 replies
    Zero Hege ^ | 26 August, 2013 | George Washington
    We've extensively documented that radioactivity from Fukushima is spreading to North America. More than a year ago, 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna tested in California waters were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna are a wide-ranging fish, which can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year:
  • New Study Shows 59% of “Tuna” Sold in the U.S. Isn’t Tuna

    03/03/2013 12:05:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 134 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 2, 2013 | Michael Krieger
    This is just the latest revelation in the stealth inflation and food fraud theme I have written about frequently in recent months. The non-profit group Oceana took samples of 1,215 fish sold in the U.S. and genetic tests found that that 59% of those labeled tuna were mislabeled. It seems that “white tuna” should be avoided in particular as “84% of fish samples labeled 'white tuna' were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.” Oh and if you live in my hometown of New York City, you should pay particular attention: Big Apple has big...
  • Is Fukushima radiation killing Americans?

    12/27/2012 8:01:20 AM PST · by darth · 52 replies
    Washington's Blog ^ | 5/29/2012 | Washington's Blog
    I'll bet no one else around here owns a calibrated radiation survey meter! I have posted this before, but it's worth repeating. A few months after the Fukushima meltdown, I took my survey meter to the grocery store. California veggies...fine. Fish display...fine. Canned tuna shelves....UH OH. I measured .05 rad/hour. That's over one rad/day. Since the tuna was in cans, the alpha and beta particles would not be detected, IIRC. If I remember my particle physics, my meter must have been detecting gammas or neutrons. If someone ingests the radioactive particles in the tuna, they will be irradiated from the...
  • The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish

    12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-12-2012 | Dina Spector
    The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish Dina SpectorDec. 11, 2012, 12:46 PMIf you live in New York, and buy or eat fish, then at some point you probably received something different than what thought you were getting, The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal reports. A surprising number of mislabeled seafood items end up in grocery stores and restaurants, a new study by conservation group Ocenana revealed. More specifically, researchers found that 56, or 39 percent, of 142 fish samples DNA tested were were different from what they claimed to be. Fish labeled as white tuna often turned out be escolar (a...
  • Worker Dies After Being Cooked In Tuna Plant Oven

    10/14/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    CBS Local L.A. ^ | 10-13-12 | Staff
    SANTA FE SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found Thursday shortly before 7 a.m. at the plant in Santa Fe Springs. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza says t’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.” The state department has launched an investigation into the accident. In a written statement, Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena’s family and says...
  • Tests of tuna sold for school lunches reveal variations in mercury levels(OMG!)

    09/20/2012 5:47:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 19, 2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    Are kids' school lunches safe? A new report from the advocacy group Mercury Policy Project finds tuna served as school lunches in some states may contain levels of mercury that the organization deems toxic. Mercury is a naturally occurring neurotoxin in the environment that can be released into the air through industrial pollution. It builds up in water and streams and turns into methylmercury, a compound which is then absorbed by fish as they feed. The report, called "Tuna Surprise" is the first to test canned tuna sold to schools, according to its authors. "Most children are already consuming only...
  • Anglers' extraordinary find is no sea monster, but a giant squid

    06/05/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Grind TV ^ | June 4, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Al McGlashan, a prominent big-game fisherman in Australia, ventured to sea Friday in search of tuna and swordfish. The highlight, however, was the bizarre discovery of a fresh giant squid carcass.
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

    05/28/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 42 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer
    (05-28) 12:48 PDT LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. Read more:
  • Is 'Tuna Scrape' the Next Pink Slime?

    04/22/2012 10:03:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    (Newser) – First came "pink slime," the processed beef too dubious even for McDonald's. Now "tuna scrape" might be poised to become the seafood equivalent. With a recent salmonella outbreak being linked to tuna scrape—ground backmeat scraped from the bones of the fish—people are asking whether this fish product is fit for human consumption, reports NPR. Raw meat, after all, is generally riskier than cooked, and ground products are at greater risk for contamination. "I don't think enough research has been done on these products," one food safety expert says. But others say the comparison is unfair. While tuna scrape...
  • 427.9-pound tuna disqualified from record

    04/21/2012 11:39:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi. ^ | April 20, 2012
    DANIA BEACH, Fla., -- The International Game Fish Association in Florida said a 427.9-pound yellowfin tuna is not a world record because someone else touched the angler's pole. The organization said the giant fish, caught by Robert Pedigo aboard the Journeyman off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Thursday, is not eligible for the world record because Danny Osuna, a captain working as a deckhand aboard the Journeyman, touched Pedigo's pole while he was struggling with the tuna, reported Friday. IGFA rules state a world record fish must be caught without any help. "We have caught a lot of...
  • 100 Sickened By Tainted Tuna (Rotten stinking tuna from Cupertino. Nancy Pelosi has no comment.)

    04/16/2012 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 47 replies
    KMJ Radio ^ | April 16, 2012 | unatributed
    Tainted tuna is being blamed for a salmonella outbreak that's sickened more than 100 people in 20 states.
  • Man catches 881-pound tuna, seized by feds

    11/23/2011 8:04:04 AM PST · by Cowman · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11-23-2011 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away. It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true. Rafael and his crew were using nets to catch bottom-dwellers when they inadvertently snagged the giant tuna. However, federal fishery enforcement agents took control of the behemoth when the boat returned to port. The reason for the seizure was procedural: While Rafael had the appropriate permits, fishermen are only allowed to catch tuna...
  • 754-pound tuna sells for $400,000

    01/06/2011 8:42:11 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 5, 2011
    TOKYO, - The first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market saw a 754-pound blue fin tuna sell for nearly $400,000. The blue fin tuna, a species highly regarded for sushi making, was purchased Tuesday by a joint bid from a Tokyo restaurant and a Hong Kong sushi chain, the BBC reported Wednesday. The fish, which was caught off the Japanese island of Hokkaido, was one of 500 to be sold in the fish market's first auction of the year Tuesday. Tsukiji market traders said the price of tuna has been rising due to increased Chinese demand for...
  • Angler's 405-pound yellowfin tuna is heaviest on record (hughest, most series all-tackle catch ever)

    12/06/2010 8:05:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    GrindTV ^ | 12/6/10 | Pete Thomas
    There was spirited celebration on the San Diego waterfront Monday morning after the vessel Vagabond returned from a long-range fishing trip into Mexican waters and offloaded the heaviest yellowfin tuna ever caught by an angler. The behemoth, landed by Mike Livingston of Sunland, Calif., weighed 405.2 pounds; it's girth was 61 inches and it measured nearly 86 inches from nose to tail. The catch, made on 100-pound-test line after nearly a three-hour fight, will be submitted to the International Game Fish Assn. for approval as an all-tackle world record. Capt. Mike Lackey said IGFA rules were followed so the catch...
  • JP: Monster tuna caught has turned heads

    07/17/2010 2:06:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 2+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/10 | AFP
    A monster tuna caught off Japan has turned heads at a Tokyo fish market, where the 445 kilogram (981 pound) bluefin -- the biggest caught here since 1986 -- sold for 3.2 million yen (36,700 dollars). Decades of overfishing have seen global tuna stocks crash, pushing some Western nations to call for a trade ban on endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna. (AFP/Jiji Press)
  • Japan sighs relief as bluefin tuna ban fails

    03/19/2010 11:52:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 672+ views
    csmonitor ^ | March 19, 2010 | Gavin Blair
    Rejection Thursday of a bluefin tuna ban at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) drew sighs of relief from sushi chefs and fishermen across Japan. Japan consumes about three-quarters of the globe's bluefin tuna.
  • Japan says it won't comply with possible tuna ban

    03/05/2010 2:58:33 PM PST · by Daffynition · 29 replies · 697+ views
    AP via YahooNews ^ | Mar 5, 2010 | SHINO YUASA
    TOKYO – Japan will not comply if a ban is imposed on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, prized by Japanese for sushi, a senior official said after the United States threw its support behind the move ahead of a crucial vote. [snip]
  • Tuna Salad

    11/08/2009 7:01:12 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 26 replies · 1,166+ views ^ | 11/08/2009 | Stacey Winder
    I like to make a big batch of this and have it for lunch during the week, or as a snack with crackers.
  • What is The Tuna?

    06/01/2009 3:52:18 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 87 replies · 3,181+ views
    self ^ | 06/01/09 | self
  • Democrats Tasteless at Inauguration (Pelosi Earmark: $33 Million for Husband)

    02/01/2009 11:42:47 AM PST · by Syncro · 26 replies · 2,557+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 01/31/2009 | Pauline Walton
    Democrats tasteless at inauguration Letter to the Editor Posted: 01/31/2009 12:00:00 AM PST How utterly tasteless for Democrats to boo President Bush at the inauguration. The entire world leaned backwards to make this day one of triumphs for them. Have Republicans ever done this?The least Democrats could have done was to remain silent, as those who wished to cheer President Bush for seven years with no terrorist attacks upon us did so. They showed no respect for the Bush family either.Obama has promised transparency. Let's start with Nancy Pelosi, one of Bush's most caustic critics.Her district includes San Francisco. Star Kist...
  • Tuna Fetches $100,000 at Auction

    01/05/2009 11:51:36 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 37 replies · 1,007+ views ^ | Monday 1/05/09
    Two sushi bar owners fork over $104,700 for a 282-pound bluefin tuna at a Tokyo auction. That breaks down to $370 per pound, many times higher than the average of $25 per pound. Why so pricey? "It was the best tuna of the day, but the price shot up because of the shortage of domestic bluefin," which is attributed to bad weather, an official says.
  • Bigger Fish Due to Climate Change: Tuna Industry

    07/12/2008 6:10:17 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 27 replies · 294+ views
    ABC News AU ^ | 07.11.2008 | ABC News AU
    The tuna industry says climate change is bringing benefits. The chief executive of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Association, Brian Jeffriess, says Port Lincoln crews in South Australia are reporting an excellent quality and size catch. He says it can be partly attributed to the effects of climate change on the waters of the Great Australian Bight. "There's no doubt climate change will bring benefits to the Great Australian Bight ecology in the sense that there's more upwellings therefore more small pelagics as we call them - sardines, mackerel, red bait, other fish - and that will bring tuna so...
  • Sturgeon Fishing Ban in the Works; Tuna Catch Restrictions Under Consideration

    03/28/2008 12:34:40 PM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 302+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 03/28/2008 | Staff Writers
    Russia calls for sturgeon fishing ban in CaspianRussia on Thursday proposed that Caspian Sea states impose a five-year ban on fishing for sturgeon, prized for its caviar eggs, to save stocks from collapse, a spokesman for the fisheries agency said. "We are ready to announce a moratorium," said spokesman Alexander Savelyev, adding that Russia would formally propose the ban to the other four Caspian Sea states of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan soon. "This is because the sturgeon is about to disappear," said Savelyev, adding that Russia was not able to fish its annual quota of 50 tonnes of sturgeon...
  • DON'T GO THERE: BRIT PAPER STARTS 'UGLIEST MONTH' [Hillary Clinton in affair]

    11/25/2007 6:06:15 PM PST · by mmanager · 235 replies · 1,292+ views
    Drudge ^ | 11/25/2007 | Drudge
    DON'T GO THERE: BRIT PAPER STARTS 'UGLIEST MONTH' Sun Nov 25 2007 20:45:12 ET The TIMES of London starts 'The Ugliest Month' with a full page photo takeout on Hillary Clinton and her beautiful aide. "Hillary Clinton has been accused of having an affair with Huma Abedin," reads the caption. MORE The splash stunned British readers and angered campaign insiders. "This does not even qualify as tabloid trash... it's ridiculous and reckless," a Hillary confidante explained over the weekend. The paper made no claims to knowing the truth of the relationship between Hillary and Huma, in its story headlined: "Snarls,...
  • Big can of tuna no match for Marines

    08/11/2007 10:15:29 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 32 replies · 1,452+ views
    stars&stripes ^ | 08/11/07 | Franklin Fisher
    3rd Platoon gobbles up a gift from home RAWAH, Iraq — One day last month in San Diego, a good-hearted woman whose brother-in-law is a Marine in Iraq had an idea to support the troops downrange. Her brother-in-law, 1st Lt. Josef H. Wiese, 24, of Steilacoom, Wash., is a platoon commander whose Marines man a patrol base in Rawah, a debris-strewn city in western Anbar province. Now, what would be a really helpful thing to send to Joe and all those tireless young Marines in the searing Mesopotamian heat? Tuna. Yes, that would be the thing. Great for snacks, it...
  • Conservationists Meet To Avert Feared Tuna Extinction

    01/23/2007 1:13:07 PM PST · by cogitator · 74 replies · 1,066+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 01/22/2007 | Staff Writers
    Environmentalists called Monday for a radical overhaul of fishing practices to prevent a worldwide collapse in tuna stocks as international conservation bodies opened their first joint meeting on the species. The five-day meeting in the western Japanese city of Kobe will look at ways to share information among regions to monitor tuna numbers and control illegal fishing vessels, officials said. Environmentalists called on participants to come up with substantive measures to protect the fish, which are highly prized in Japan. Greenpeace said it was "high time" for governments to recognize the seriousness of the tuna issue. Governments "must acknowledge that...
  • Understanding the GOP [%#$@]storm Over American Samoa

    01/12/2007 5:38:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 671+ views
    e pluribus media ^ | Jan 12, 2007 | d_day
    While I was quite amused by Barney Frank's takedown of Patrick McHenry on the House floor, I was left wondering what the hell it was all about. McHenry, the designated Republican attack dog and the heir apparent to Gingrich and DeLay, was attempting to ask a question about whether American Samoa was exempted from the stem cell research bill that passed the House yesterday. McHenry is apparently completely ignorant of parliamentary procedure, or perhaps he just wanted to get the words "American Samoa" on C-SPAN. Because there's a growing shitstorm over a similar "exemption" for American Samoa in the recently...
  • Report: T.O. attempted suicide

    09/27/2006 11:47:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 38 replies · 1,400+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 27, 2006
    Flamboyant Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens tried to kill himself by overdosing on pain medication, even putting two more pills into his mouth after a friend intervened, according to a police report obtained Wednesday. Owens left the hospital late Wednesday morning, giving reporters a "thumbs up" but making no comment as he was driven away in an SUV. Publicist Kim Etheredge said in various interviews Wednesday with Dallas-area media that the police have gotten the story wrong. She said she was with Owens, who was having trouble because he'd
  • Fishermen rescued after 9 months adrift 8,000 km from home

    08/19/2006 2:24:19 PM PDT · by Valin · 68 replies · 2,934+ views
    National Post; ^ | 8/18/06 | Mary Vallis and Natalie Alcoba
    Three Mexican fishermen who disappeared in the Pacific Ocean nine months ago have been rescued nearly 8,000 kilometres from their home, saying they survived by eating seagulls, drinking rainwater and reading the Bible. A Taiwanese tuna boat scooped the men out of the water about halfway between Hawaii and Australia on Aug. 9. They had drifted all the way from San Blas, a fishing village about 160 kilometres north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they were last seen in late October or early November, 2005. Fishermen in San Blas, a hamlet of about 8,000 people, are celebrating the men's astonishing...
  • Search for sushi draining Mediterranean's red tuna stocks(enviro calamity induced by sushi?)

    05/31/2006 1:08:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 477+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/29/06 | Marie-Noelle Valles
    Search for sushi draining Mediterranean's red tuna stocks by Marie-Noelle Valles Mon May 29, 6:16 PM ET Too much demand for sushi from Japan may finish off stocks of red tuna running dangerously low in the Mediterranean owing to overfishing, say environmentalists from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). "Japan absorbs between 90 and 95 percent of catches of red tuna and the Mediterranean version is especially appreciated," explains Jose Luis Garcia, head of the WWF oceans section. The price of a prize red tuna can top 50,000 euros (60,000 dollars) on the Japanese market. "In opening new markets,...
  • Search for sushi draining Mediterranean's red tuna stocks-(time to chop up flipper)

    05/29/2006 9:43:26 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 253+ views
    afp ^ | 5/29/06 | Marie-Noelle Valles
    MADRID (AFP) - Too much demand for sushi from Japan may finish off stocks of red tuna running dangerously low in the Mediterranean owing to overfishing, say environmentalists from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). "Japan absorbs between 90 and 95 percent of catches of red tuna and the Mediterranean version is especially appreciated," explains Jose Luis Garcia, head of the WWF oceans section. The price of a prize red tuna can top 50,000 euros (60,000 dollars) on the Japanese market. "In opening new markets, exploitation (of stocks) has been pushed even further," Garcia said, alluding to the growing...
  • Kenya's 'Koranic fish' recovered

    05/19/2006 5:53:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 226+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/19/06 | Odhiambo Joseph
    A fish with markings that resembled a Koranic text has been found by Kenyan officials after vanishing from the fisheries office where it was stored. The tuna fish, which had provoked intense interest from Muslims, had apparently been stolen by people posing as National Museum officials. The fish was found at the shop where it had first come to public attention. The fish was being studied to find out if the Arabic inscription "You are the best provider" was natural or a hoax. Sceptics say the writing was the work of someone who caught the fish and then threw...
  • Kenyan Authorities to Preserve Fish Carrying Koranic Message;'God is Communicating with His People'

    05/16/2006 11:40:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 1,017+ views ^ | May 14, 2006
    The Kenyan fisheries department has taken the fish with a Koranic message caught off the Mombasa coast on Friday for preservation at its Liwatoni cold house. At the same time, the National Museums of Kenya said it would document it for use in religious education. The Museums' education officer, Mr Hassan Mohamed Hassan, said yesterday that the tuna was caught at Vanga, near the Tanzania border, and sold to Mr Omar Mohammed Awadh, a retailer. He said that as Mr Awadh sorted fish at his Takaungu shop in Kuze old town, he noticed the writing, Wallahu khayru razikiyna (God is...
  • 'Koranic' tuna inspires, awes Kenyan Muslims

    05/14/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Alouette · 84 replies · 2,606+ views
    AFP ^ | May 14
    MOMBASA, Kenya (AFP) - A tuna fish caught in the Indian Ocean this week has excited Kenyan Muslims who are flocking here by the hundreds to see a Koranic verse apparently embedded in its scales. Dubbed the "wonder fish" by locals in this port city, the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) tuna has attracted so much attention it has been placed in the custody of the National Fisheries Department for safekeeping, officials said. The otherwise ordinary fish caught the attention of fishmonger Omar Mohammed Awadh who pulled it out of a catch when he noticed what seemed to be Arabic writing among the...
  • Don't take that tuna sandwich for granted [We're running out of oil AND FISH]

    04/19/2006 5:44:22 PM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies · 1,176+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 4-19-06 | Robert Ovetz
    It's common knowledge that we are running out of oil. What's not so well known is that we are also running out of big fish. The harsh realization that catches of big fish marlin, sharks, swordfish and tuna are declining rapidly is beginning to sink in. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization considers about 75 percent of all fish fully exploited, over-exploited or depleted. The crisis can be seen most extremely across the Pacific, the world's largest source of tuna, where catches are shrinking along with the average size of the fish. Today a 70-pound swordfish which is too young...
  • First Americans May Have Been European

    02/19/2006 9:08:52 PM PST · by anymouse · 133 replies · 3,061+ views ^ | 2/19/06 | Bjorn Carey
    ST. LOUIS—The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain. This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago. The new thinking was outlined here Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The tools don’t match Recent studies have suggested that the glaciers that helped form the bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska began receding around 17,000 to 13,000 years ago, leaving very little...
  • Port Lincoln welcomes tuna toss

    01/18/2006 9:34:09 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 261+ views ^ | 19 January 2006 | Tim Dornin
    IT'S been dubbed one of Australia's strangest sporting events. Take a dead fish, grip firmly by the tail and fling it as far as possible using any technique you choose. Port Lincoln's annual tuna toss will take place again this weekend with competitors expected from across the country and even overseas vying for $7000 in prize money. Most enter just for fun and manage to only launch the 10kg frozen fish a handful of metres. But in the professional division, reserved for those with a background in the hammer throw, javelin or shot put, things are far more serious with...
  • Mercury and Tuna: U.S. Advice Leaves Lots of Questions

    08/01/2005 6:15:46 AM PDT · by topher · 52 replies · 1,377+ views
    Wall Street Journal [Page A1, Column 1] ^ | August 1, 2005 | Peter Waldman
    [10 year old boy who eats 3 to 6 ounces of tuna a day has neurological and brain effects. Blood tests show that his mercury level was 12 times what the EPA considered safe for a 60 pound boy. Article states that solid white albacore tuna has more mercury than chunk light tuna... U.S. source of Mercury in water is coal fired power plants... Vanity introduction since this is an excerpt] ... Ms. Davis noticed something else: Her son's fingers were starting to curl, as if he were gripping a melon. And he could no longer catch a football. A...
  • Charlie the Tuna Creator Tom Rogers Dies (drowned in pool)

    07/08/2005 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Cagey · 24 replies · 948+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7-8-2005 | Joe Holley
    Tom Rogers, 87, a retired advertising copywriter whose beret- and sunglasses-wearing hipster tuna became an icon of pop culture, died June 24 in Charlottesville, where he lived with his son's family. He drowned while swimming alone in the family's backyard pool. Charlie the Tuna was the likably obtuse deep-sea striver who never lived up to the taste standards of Starkist Tuna. ("Sorry, Charlie. Starkist wants tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste.") The character was based on an acquaintance of Mr. Rogers's who was an habitue of the beat scene in 1950s New York City, said his son,...
  • Trapped dolphins symbol of hope (guess they're not so smart after all)

    01/04/2005 8:46:12 AM PST · by Rodney King · 19 replies · 576+ views
    CNN ^ | today | staff
    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) -- Singing, clapping and banging their boats with paddles, rescue workers tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to herd a humpback dolphin and her calf into nets so they could be rescued from a small lagoon where the Asian tsunamis dumped them nine days earlier. The dolphins, spotted Monday a kilometer (more than a half mile) from the beach by a man searching for his wife, have become a symbol of hope amid the death and destruction caused by the massive waves that crushed posh tourist resorts.... "When we heard the good news about survivors, even though they're dolphins,...
  • Judge says no to easing 'dolphin-safe' rules

    08/12/2004 11:39:19 AM PDT · by Area Freeper · 10 replies · 980+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2004 | August 12, 2004
    SAN FRANCISCO-- In a victory for environmentalists, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration cannot change the standards commercial fisheries must meet before the tuna they catch can carry the "dolphin-safe" label. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson found that Commerce Secretary Donald Evans not only failed to conduct the scientific research required to relax existing tuna-labeling laws, but engaged in "a pattern of delay and inattention" to build support for his position. "The record is replete with evidence that the secretary was influenced by policy concerns unrelated to the best available scientific evidence," Henderson wrote in a strongly...