Tuna, Perhaps?

Back to the Cocos Island for this one, we were on Alcyon when these tuna came speeding through, and when I say speeding, they were really speeding. I am pretty sure that they are a kind of tuna, and were pretty large. One of them had had a run-in with something large.

On a similar topic, I was sorry to see that Japan is resisting a proposed fishing ban on bluefin tuna. Indeed the bluefin tuna is close to extinction:

The U.S. government said this week that it supports a proposed ban on international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna because the species is at risk of extinction. The adult population of eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin has plunged 74 percent in the past 50 years, much of it in the past decade. In the western Atlantic, the population has fallen 82 percent.

I am not sure what their problem is, if the numbers above are true then bluefin tuna are close to collapse. Another thing that people don’t really consider is that bluefin tuna migrates between eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, so overfishing in one sea directly impacts the population of the other.

This particular quote really got me, the United States changed its position because population is close to being wiped out, equating Okinawa or Toyota with this is just a smoke-screen. The truth of the matter is that the population is close to collapse and will do so if not protected. At which point Mr. Saito will have to retire, as will all the other bluefin tuna fishermen, and bluefin tuna will be a distant memory:

“The United States just changed its position,” said Takashi Saito, 76, a bluefin wholesaler for six decades. “I feel that what happened with Okinawa and with Toyota is being extended to the tuna issue as well. It is just Japan-bashing.”

More evidence of this short-sightedness:

In the market, fish wholesalers agreed that global restrictions in the bluefin catch make sense, when they are based on academic data. But they said there is no way Japan can go along with a bluefin ban.

“There is no choice for the Japanese government,” said Saito. “We Japanese eat tuna.”

The truth is that soon the Japanese will not longer eat bluefin tuna because there won’t be any left.


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