Why tuna-lovers ought to boycott tuna.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 19, 2010
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What I remember from reading The New Yorker article about tuna.

Worldwide fish caught has declined since the 80s.

There are no big tuna left (they used to be huge). We’re now killing the children, before they have a chance to breed. The worldwide population is collapsing, and thousands of fishermen will be out of work, just like when cod populations collapsed a decade ago.

For more, read Elizabeth Kolbert’s article.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “Why tuna-lovers ought to boycott tuna.”

  1. Jessica says:

    Mark Kurlanskey's "Cod" is a great read on this topic.

  2. BrotherRog says:

    hmm.. it's a great protein source.. would it be hypocritical to not eat tuna but continue to drive a car/motorcycle? both peaks have come and gone. tuna at least is somewhat sustainable (though i now only eat the albacore variety as it has less mercury in it).

  3. waxbear says:

    No, it's not sustainable. We are eating them faster than they can reproduce.

  4. Roger Wolsey says:

    hmm… well, how ’bout a 5 year moratorium, or perhaps have the fishermen fish only 1 or two varieties of tuna per year and then rotate to another variety the following year, etc?

  5. Martin says:

    Read "End of the LIne: How Overfishing is Changing the World and What We Eat" by Charles Clove
    Great book and very well researched on what we are doing to our oceans. I miss my sushi but I love being able to look in the mirror after I eat.

  6. Martin says:

    Charles Clover is the author.

  7. fishlover says:

    There is now a documentary for "End of the Line" watch it now for free on Hulu. POOR FISHIES!!!