November 7th, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Nov. 7th, 2004
Via Baldrson's diary. Fish farming could be a lucrative source of income for seastead.
Fish of the Week: Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin tuna are prepared for consumption in many ways, but are most commonly associated with sushi and sashimi.
by Ken Schultz
TUNA, BLUEFIN Thunnus thynnus. Other names: Atlantic bluefin tuna, northern bluefin tuna, tunny fish, horse-mackerel; Arabic: tunna; Chinese: cá chan, thu; French: thon rouge; Italian: tonno; Japanese: kuromaguro; Norwegian: sjorjf, thunfisk; Portuguese: atum, rabilha; Spanish: atún aleta azul, atun rojo; Turkish: orkinos.
The bluefin tuna is the largest member of the Scombridae family and one of the largest true bony fish. It is a pelagic, schooling, highly migratory species with enormous commercial value, especially in large sizes, and of great recreational interest, albeit only to the relative few who have the means and equipment to venture to appropriate offshore environs.
The red flesh of the bluefin has made the species coveted for food, especially in Japan, where giant specimens are sold at daily auction for prices that are far greater than other species especially late in the season when the meat contains the most fat. To date the largest price paid for a single Atlantic bluefin was $90,000 U.S. at the Tokyo market, making this species the most economically valuable wild animal on the planet. Bluefin tuna are prepared for consumption in many ways, but are most commonly associated with sushi and sashimi.
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