Raising Tigers of the Sea

Such is the stench coming from the tuna farming sector in the Mediterranean it may even rival the can of worms that is the BC salmon farming industry.  At the Seafood Summit this morning Roberto Mielgo Bregazzi (a former tuna farmer) and Sergi Tudela (WWF) lifted the lid on illegal tuna farming and it wasn’t pretty.  

Roberto – an industry-insider turned whistleblower - called for an international clampdown on illegal practices and for global intervention to shine a light on the black market and "fraud" casting a shadow on the tuna farming sector.  

The farming of tuna – the so-called ‘Tiger of the Sea’  – clearly has a serious image problem on a par with Tiger Woods. 
Speaking via a live satellite hook up from New Zealand, Professor Ray Hilborn spoke of the “enormous potential for shellfish farming”.    “You have to distinguish between different types of aquaculture,” he said.  “Herbivorous species feed themselves.  There’s obviously a challenge for carnivores such as salmon, cod, tuna and shrimp.  There isn’t any more fish left in the sea for feed”. 

One seafood executive quipped that Professor Hilborn looked like he was being held hostage by terrorists and asked if he had any message for his family. 

If Tiger Woods was here at the Seafood Summit (and there were rumours yesterday that William Shatner and Pamela Anderson were about to beam into the summit) he would surely agree that keeping a tiger in a cage is a recipe for ruin.  Tuna, like tigers, should not be farmed and should be protected in the wild where they belong.