It may be a consequence of increased costs. Some varieties of tuna are smaller and the large desirable chunks get separated in processing as their value increases. Yellow fin, blue fin, skip jack are all different in size, quality and availability.
Pcunix, you may be assured that two of us here are outraged (and a lot more than us!). This is a subject very close to my heart and a big part of my life. I am trying to exercise restraint in commenting here because what I have found over a period of many years (through an insignificant little thing called hands on experience) is that the majority of people don't care. They buy vile substances such as canned tuna (I make no apologies for calling it that, as that is what it is) eat it and actually seem to enjoy it. I don't make any pretence to understand...
It's not specifically the tuna that is incensing me. It's the attitude that ocean pollution and over fishing are unimportant or are left wing lies or some other utterly idiotic misconception.
It's beyond unbelievable. It's absolutely disgusting - not that that particular hubber - well, yes, it is disgusting but I know him well and it is expected and not unusual. What I do NOT expect is that people of intelligence will just ignore him and effectively validate his statements by their silence. THAT is what has raised my temperature.
The poor old Atlantic bluefin tuna has decreased in numbers by 93% over the last 30 years but you'll be pleased to know that most of them didn't end up in those little tuna tins you buy in the supermarkets.
90% of caught tuna actually go to the Japanese restaurant market to end up as sushi or sashimi.
Hey did you know that a full grown tuna, well there is probably only one full grown tuna left in the world - the rest have been killed off - can reach a speed of 60mph and can accelerate faster than a speeding Porsche?
What an amazing creature!
And you put it on a sandwich with mayo. Tsk! Tsk! [edit: not you Gordon!]
I'm not being cheeky, here, I promise. I am genuinely interested and wish to know something for an interesting (possible!) idea. Those of you who speak here in favour of one of my pet hates (canned tuna) - have you ever tasted properly cooked fresh tuna? By properly cooked, I mean, sustainable, line caught tuna steaks, seared only on a hot griddle.
YES! you're so right! Once you've eaten line caught tuna (fresh from a friend's boat) you will be ruined for canned tuna - just today, I opened a can of tuna and couldn't stand the smell of it - couldn't eat the tuna salad I made from it - all because I've tasted the real thing. It's the same with salmon - after you've had any ocean fish fresh you will find it really difficult to stand to go back to the supermarket's version of fish - canned or not. But really, since most commercial fishing is even worse than the commercially farmed stuff - its a wonder we can stand to eat most of what we find in a supermarket! I'm beginning to turn to vegetables, mainlyfrom local sources - and soon I will have to have my own veggie garden, I think, in order to be able to eat at all. You pay a price for food enlightenment, don't you?
Well said, mega1, and I am delighted you feel that way. It is indeed the same with most types of fish and food. Fresh vegetables are of course a huge part of any balanced diet and although I am not a natural lover of vegetables, I have learned to incorporate them in my eating regime. Depending upon where we live on the planet, fresh produce can result in us paying more, you're right. Personally, I believe the payment to be worthwhile
and I sounded very, very selfish - like all that matters is my taste buds! I also see dolphins dying in the nets every time I open a can of Chicken of the Sea - I don't buy it myself, I have to cook for others who do. buy it. And I dream of the day when I can truly buy and eat the way I would prefer. THee are far too many ways our species is wasting the planet - far too many. I guesss the least I can do is buy thoughtfully when I can and truly appreciate the great foods that are there - if we're willing to search them out.
Greeting is indeed a Scottish saying for crying, Wavegirl. Izzy is absolutely correct, however, in her sentiments. Too many people on this planet (in every country, not just the UK, US, Spain, Japan, or whatever) don't realise how desperate the situation is. I don't know whether I should consider myself lucky or unlucky to have seen it first hand, the decimation of the fish stocks - the fact is that I have and it breaks my heart...
Barbara, thank you for your intimated support and suggestion. I really hate to say it but I am fast losing my ability to motivate people to save our seas. I've spent a lot of time and money over these past few years with virtually zero support. All I can console myself with is the fact that I have tried...
aye, and when there's none of the wildlands left, even if we've never seen them, we will know they're gone! humans are a sorry lot - would that we'd get a bit sorrier for real now, instead of waitin' til its too too late!
I believe they caught 'Charlie' a number of years ago, a relative of Starkist. All the offspring have been contaminated by humans mucking around with his ocean environment. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill did not help and the Nuclear Meltdown in Japan added some radiation floating around in the waters. It could be your tuna will light up. The medical community has recommended pregnant women not to eat tuna fish, and general public only a couple times per week. Now, you can use your own logic and understanding to decide whether or not to eat this type of fish.
Funny you all are discussing tuna. I opened a can of Chicken of the Sea Tuna today, and it made me sick to smell it. Something has changed. Either my smeller or the product. I gave it to my cat. It was so watery and mushey! I just thought maybe I had been eating too much and was tired of it.
Hi, mary...like I said..no more Chicken of The Sea...I go for Double Q Pink Salmon, hot biscuits, sweet tea and Im in paradise. Hey, Mary....its been a long time, and Im glad to see you. Just want to wish YOU a Happy New Year and I will be back strong in warmer weather...love, Kenneth
Hi, Kenneth, so nice to see you, too! I am freezing here in S. Fl. Got down in the 30's, and I can't stand it. I'm headed for Puerto Rico on the 18th till it gets warmer here. I had a hard time deciding on Costa Rica or PR at first, but now my mind is made up! When you have some time read my Hub about my problem deciding on where to go. Hope you are feeling better these days. Love you, too.
read some of the posts....ack!...i can't eat that canned stuff...once you've had fresh it's really hard to eat canned anything - except the foods I take the time to can....and besides i used to feed my cat that mass produced stuff...he was dying and couldn't eat - i had to do something quick!...ack! he hated it too!...and then he died.....i miss my cat!
Gross. My husband insists on buying Ball Park hot dogs. I found a bone fragment in the last one I tried to eat. I like the Hebrew National and I refuse to eat Ball Park ever again after that incident. In fact, the idea of it grosses me out. Actually, hot dogs in general kind of gross me out. What are they anyway? Ick.
I worked in the Food Technology Dept. at the U. of Ga. back in the 50's. We used to buy packages of hot dogs from the local grocery store, and run tests to see what kind of bacteria would grow on them, and the quantity of bacteria. I will never eat another hot dog! We also tested other foods, but the hot dog was the worse!
Coming from California, what they put in chorizo is something you don't wanna hear . . . But it's cheap. 98 cents for a tube of pork or beef "meat." When I lived near the California-Oregon border, everyone canned their own tuna. Delicious! At least you know what was in that.
Honestly I can't believe some are talking about us who eat tuna.We do, others have and more may. Its a fact and its no big surprise. Seriously people!!! Let me know about post also so I can follow. The tuna I got last night was just fine thankfully and I loved every bit of him.LOL:)http://roshall.hubpages.com/hub/Shawns-Salmon-Patties
Interesting this came up because only two or three days ago I decided on "no more C of the Sea" and it's always been (in my opinion) the best. Not sure it really matters any more. Have actually tried a couple of offbeat ones that were as good. Seems more water in C/S lately and getting bones (if it were beef I'd think it was gristle). Meat darker/less "packed." I don't automatically reach for it now.