TED Talk: Using "Fish & Chips" Tagging Technology to Save Endangered Bluefin Tuna

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Barbara Block, who works out of Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station and in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is part of an important project of tagging bluefin tuna and tracking them up and down the Atlantic ocean in an effort to save them from going extinct at the hands of hungry sushi lovers. She notes that we have revered bluefin tuna for thousands of years, and fished them sustainably that entire time -- that is, until our generation. Now they're at risk of going extinct. But in a fascinating TED talk given during the Mission Blue Voyage held earlier this year, Block explains the technology that could save them. They call it "Fish & Chips."

The fact that the researchers work in collaboration with fishermen is important. Fishermen return the tags from caught fish for a $1,000 reward so the research can continue, tracking the daily lives of bluefin tuna so that perhaps, with enough understanding of their patterns, we can change our fisheries back to sustainable practices again.

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Photo by Stewart via Flickr Creative Commons

Bluefin tuna have received little of the help they need if they're to survive as a species. Right now we're on track to wipe them out in a matter of a few years.
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