Something Fishy

The world’s tuna fishery is collapsing, with prime specimens selling for seven-digit prices. Yet tuna is everywhere, from supermarket shelves to delis to sushi bars, and the retail cost remains low. How is this possible?

According to this item, a majority of the “tuna” being sold in the U.S. isn’t tuna at all. A lot of it is a fish called “escolar”, the eating of which, we learn, has some seriously unpleasant side effects.

Proceed at your own risk.

8 Comments

  1. JK says

    Kind of wish you’d delete this post Malcolm. I’ve recommended Waka to many of my friends. (Don’t know it’s bookmarked – but one never knows).

    About two weeks ago I was invited to “a potluck” and the dish I took was exceedingly “My that’s delicious JK, what do you call it?”

    “Tuna Surprise.”

    I hadn’t a clue why so many failed to show up for the follow-on poker tournament – I was sorta thinking it must’ve been because of the raw spinach salad.

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  2. the one eyed man says

    What I want to know is why tuna at a sushi bar is called tuna an tuna in a can is called tuna fish. Do we refer to canned salmon as salmon fish? Is there any kind of tuna which is not fish?

    This is niggling as “free gift”, “foreign imports”, and “advanced planning”.

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  3. JK says

    Is there any kind of tuna which is not fish?

    Shaved Tuna.

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    This is niggling as “free gift”, “foreign imports”, and “advanced planning”.

    Racist.

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    Is there any kind of tuna which is not fish?

    Hot Tuna. And Bill Parcells.

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
  6. JK says

    Sorry. I’m getting Alzhammered – I was thinking of Jefferson Airplane. Turns out it was this:

    http://www.last.fm/music/John+Lennon/Shaved+Fish

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
  7. the one eyed man says

    (Slaps forehead)

    Of course! Hot Tuna! Before I knew the gender of my child, I wanted Jorma for the boy’s name.

    Hot Tuna got their name after RCA Records refused to let them use the name Hot Shit, just as Stone Temple Pilots chose their name when they were denied same-initials Shirley Temple’s Pussy.

    Posted February 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
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    Posted February 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

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