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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Classroom Resources to Accompany the Wicked Tuna Series

<p>Photo: A bluefin tuna eating</p>
Photograph by Brian J. Skerry

Bluefin tuna have captured human imagination since early recorded history, when these fish were the subjects of Ice Age cave drawings and Aristotle’s writings. Our fascination with these top predators continues today due to their size, speed, stamina, and dwindling population. 

This species’ prized meat, migration routes, and population status make it one of the most intriguing fish to investigate in the ocean. Bluefin tuna is highly regarded by many stakeholders, including marine ecologists, conservationists, fishermen, and consumers. Different people admire the bluefin for different reasons, ranging from speed to taste to ecological role. These competing values often lead to tensions around this fish. 

Use this collection of videos, activities, and maps to teach about marine ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Engage your students in a current controversial topic as they explore why bluefin tuna is respected, consumed, and fought over by so many.

National Geographic Channel

Wicked Tuna

Tuna fisherman from Gloucester, Massachusetts try to make a living catching Atlantic bluefin tuna with a rod, reel, and hand harpoon in this exciting series from National Geographic Channel.

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From the Experts

Bluefin Expert: Victor Restrepo

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Bluefin Expert: Carl Safina

The President of the Blue Ocean Institute talks tuna.