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The Black Fish ('like Sea Shepherd but fish...) liberated over a thousand endangered bluefin tuna fish from a farm near the island of Ugljan, Croatia on Sunday (8th).

The activist divers evaded security as night fell to aid the fish to freedom. Until then their home had been an overcrowded death trap euphemistically known as a 'caged habitat'. The crew had been patrolling the area and had become aware of the slaughter of the endangered species (give it 10-15 years at the current rate and they'll be gone the same way as the dodo), prompting the water ninja antics.

The Black Fish, an international marine conservation organisation, have been doing the groundwork for weeks now to prepare to kick off a new campaign to bring to the public eye the sickening realities of the bluefin tuna trade. The species is but one of the many casualties of overfishing in the Med.

Bluefin tuna are some of the largest and fastest fish of the oceans. In recent decades industrial overfishing, not to mention the global appetite for sushi, have decreased their numbers to near extinction. ICCAT, an international organisation given the task of conserving the fish, have managed to do little to ensure their survival. In 2010 new measures legislated that only fish over 30kg could be caught, thereby allowing the fish one spawning cycle before premature death. Yet in a bizarre loophole ICCAT allowed countries carte blanche to catch bluefin tuna in the Adriatic Sea, whatever their size or age.

For more information on the Black Fish and upcoming actions keep checking the website, you can also help by making a donation or get actively involved.

Spread the word, before bluefin tuna only exist in museums and pretty pictures.

The cages at the island of Ugljan, Croatia, part of one of the largest bluefin tuna farms in the world
There are 5 comments on this story...
Added By: Anonymous - 13th July 2012 @ 3:51 PM
Well that was clever. Fish bred in fish farms are often full of diseases due to the poor conditions. This will no doubt be spread to other tuna, which in turn will increase their rate of decline.
Added By: @ben_fothoc - 13th July 2012 @ 6:34 PM
"Fish bred
in fish farms are often full of
diseases... This will no doubt
be spread to other tuna, which
in turn will increase their rate
of decline."
So what are you saying? The blue fin tuna in this fish "farm" and there free swimming relatives where better off if the sick ones remained caged?
Obviously you have no idea of what getting back into the wild does to a Blue fin tuna juvenile. I'm sure some fresh ocean water and life prey will get it healthy pretty quick. Anything, even dying a free animal is better than living in such crowded conditions, with poor water quality and being feed frozen bait fish stuffed with antibiotics.
Added By: Anonymous - 13th July 2012 @ 7:51 PM
Or eating diseased tuna doesn't sound that great either...
Added By: Anonymous - 15th July 2012 @ 9:08 PM
Didn't Croats find a way to make them spawn in captivity.Per Antoinne Burdain's show , they were feeding fresh caught sardines to the tuna .
I'mm all for protection,but, isn't this a litle extreme ???
Added By: Bug - 26th July 2012 @ 6:24 PM
Everyone is missing the point that it is an unnecessary practice. Who on earth needs sushi apart from the person who is prepared to go out there and catch a fish for themselves. It is overindulgent lazy human behaviour and the act of taking animals out of the cages even it temporarily knocks back an ecosystem because of captive diseases is absolutely the right thing to do!
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