We Wish This Were An April Fool’s Day Joke

Tonight at 10:00pm, National Geographic Channel is debuting the season premier of its new series, Wicked Tuna.  Their website states: 

“Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.”

We are surprised that National Geographic would support bluefin fishing in any capacity as these fish have already been fished to near extinction.  There are currently no sustainable sources of bluefin tuna.  Check your Seafood Watch Pocket Guide or app for more reasons to avoid bluefin.  Why address the plight of the bluefin on their website, yet still choose to air this series?  We don’t serve bluefin, and we encourage everyone to not eat bluefin to give it time to repopulate.

What do you think?  Will this show address the sustainability of bluefin tuna?  Or will it just glorify those who choose to exploit bluefin to earn a living?  We’re cautiously curious.

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