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There are 94  people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Tuna'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

Salmon and shrimp are the most popular seafoods in American restaurants. In 2001, shrimp replaced canned tuna as America's favorite seafood overall.

FRESHWATER TUNA!!! Lake Nicaragua in southwest Nicaragua was once a part of the Caribbean sea, but was gradually cut off in prehistoric times by rising land masses. Trapped in the lake were and still are, sharks, swordfish and other ocean fish - the only freshwater lake with oceanic animal life!

The 'juice' in canned salmon comes from the fish itself, whereas tuna has oil or water added in the canning process.

25 years ago large Atlantic bluefin tuna (250 to over 1,000 pounds) might sell for a penny a pound for catfood, if it sold at all.  Today, that same bluefin tuna can sell for well over $100 per pound, mainly due to the popularity of sushi and sashimi around the world.
     In 2001 a 440 pound bluefin sold for $173,600 in the Japanese Tsukiji fish market - thats about $394 per pound!

Charlie the Tuna, the official representative of StarKist Tuna, made his first appearance in a TV commercial for StarKist in 1961.

The largest bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds and was caught in Nova Scotia on October 26, 1979.


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