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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.

Videos: Factors of Sustainability

Sustainability: Bluefin Bait

Sustainability: Bluefin Bait

Wicked Tuna's fishermen weigh in on the state of the herring population off the coast of Gloucester.

Sustainability: Bluefin Quotas

Sustainability: Bluefin Quotas

The Wicked Tuna fishermen talk about the benefits of fishing quotas.

Sustainability: Bluefin Regulations

Sustainability: Bluefin Regulations

Bluefin tuna fishing regulations in America are whole-heartedly endorsed by the Wicked Tuna fishermen.

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National Geographic Channel

Wicked Tuna

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.



More About Sustainable Seafood

Seafood and Survival

Seafood and Survival

Barton Seaver talks about the importance of sustainable resource use.

Sustainable Fishing

Sustainable Fishing

Read about the role that sustainable fishing plays for the ocean.


Tools to Make Sustainable Choices


Ocean Resources

Grades K-12

Grades K-12

Bring engaging and important ocean learning to your classroom.


Mapping

MapMaker Interactive

MapMaker Interactive

Jump into geographic investigations around the globe with our online student atlas.

World Physical

World Physical

Have students explore the ocean using this downloadable map.