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Matt Rigney

Blog Entries by Matt Rigney

Seize This Moment for Bluefin Tuna

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 8:20 PM

The latest population assessment for Pacific bluefin tuna, released earlier this week, concluded that only 3.6 percent remain after decades of overfishing. Pacific bluefin is the same specie of fish that set the world record at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo on Saturday, January 5, when a 489-pound animal sold for...

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Japan: Dancing on the Grave of the Bluefin Tuna

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:55 PM

In what has now become an annual ritual, the first bluefin tuna of the year sold at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo has yet again garnered an astronomical price -- $1.76 million for a 489-pound fish. This is supposed to demonstrate the buyer's largesse to his customers and would...

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The BP Oil Spill: Spilt Milk

(11) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:51 PM

Recently I was standing on a beach in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, looking at the orange and yellow containment booms laid across the inlet to protect against the oil expected to come ashore. Having spent the last three years traveling the globe to research the fate of the ocean's great fish...

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Annihilation of a Fish

(88) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 12:17 PM

There is a series of photographs called "The Chase" taken off Nomans Land Island, near Martha's Vineyard, in 1986. The photographs show a giant bluefin tuna, weighing over 900 pounds, leaping, missing, leaping again, and capturing an Atlantic bluefish about two feet long.1 The giant bluefin has all the design...

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