Why Are New York City Restaurants Still Serving Bluefin Tuna?


The New York Times posted a great editorial this past Sunday about how something must be done to alleviate the plight of bluefin tuna, which have dwindled by 60 percent in the past decade, and how special hooks might help fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico from inadvertently catching them. Well, here’s another way. Maybe New York City restaurants should simply stop serving bluefin.

A recent search on Menupages reveals that 14 restaurants still serve the endangered fish. New York City has thousands of restaurants, so this is a good number, but why not have the number be zero? Yes, it’s possible that some of these tuna dishes might be made with farm-raised bluefins, but breeding the fish in captivity is also somewhat problematic since the fish are born to migrate and are very active. Why can’t restaurants take a pause from serving bluefin? That seemed to work a few years back with Chilean sea bass. Although maybe that won’t hold, either. Another search on Menupages shows that nearly 400 restaurants are serving the humble swimmer also known as Patagonian toothfish.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011

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