Demise of the Bluefin Tuna

The plight of fish can be a hard one, especially if they taste nice. They also suffer from not being as cute or as cuddly as a panda and therefore do not grab as much attention in the media and the wider public’s consciousness as other species heading for extinction. The plight of the bluefin tuna is a case in point.

It is hard to be positive about the future of our planet when politics and economic interests collide with the cold reality of an ever dwindling population that by its reduced numbers becomes ever more valuable to catch.

It is widely agreed by scientist’s that bluefin tuna are heading for extinction. At a recent CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) conference in Doha, those who represent the people of the planet responsible for maintaining the diversity present herein let us down. The Japanese who like the taste of the meat, brought in nations who like the roads and infrastructure they pay for, to cause rumpus, distraction and ultimately a vote that allows them to continue eating the fish.

It seems the precautionary principle does not apply when the Japanese Yen does.

Follow the links below to read more:

Bye-Bye Bluefin Tuna: A scientific American podcast

Article written prior to the Doha conference (The Economist)

Article written after the Doha conference (The Economist)

WWF BlueFin tuna in crisis

National Geographic link

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