Sustainability: Bluefin Bait

Sustainability: Bluefin Bait

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


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National Geographic Channel

The major food source for bluefin tuna is a small, silver fish called herring. Herring are common in the waters of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. Herring has been fished in the North Atlantic for hundreds of years and is typically canned for humans to eat, or used in fishmeal for feeding livestock or in fish farms.

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Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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