Bluefin tuna – the end?
We are seeing a belated attempt by governments to save the bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. When the Centre for Biological Diversity previously tried to list the species as endangered, the reason given was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The real losses come from their use as sushi, their high prices and therefore a vast and worldwide network of fishermen who are simply greedy.
The history of this demise of a great fish is tragic. When the Mediterranean population was almost wiped out, Italian fishermen and others continued the ancient tradition of corralling and later “slaughtering” them, having matured in literal captivity. The Pacific decline followed that example with a 96.4 % decrease from the population when it was not fished. It was 2012 before limits were imposed, and only in the eastern Pacific.
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