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Bluefin Tuna Trading Exceeds Quotas By Double

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We’ve already mentioned the declining bluefin tuna population and farming efforts put in place to try to ease up on them. Now an international scientific study has said more than double the allowed quota of bluefin tuna is being traded. The high level of trading going on with the fatty delicacy are severely threatening its population, as if it wasn’t already at an incredibly high risk.

The Pew Environment Group has said the exceeded catch doesn’t even take into account the black market of bluefin tuna, which would further increase the number of bluefin being caught and traded. As one of the world’s most expensive fish, caught largely in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, many restaurants may soon see a decline in availability, and customers will see increasing prices on bluefin dishes.

According to bluefin tuna expert Lee Crocket, “the bluefin tuna trade is rife with fraud and misinformation.” He has called for a change in the corruption-prone documents, requesting full-blown electric surveillance of bluefin tuna trading, from the minute it’s on the boat to the minute it’s on the plate. Pew plans on having this in effect by the start of the 2012 season.

Humans sure have a knack for eating everything until it’s gone, don’t we? Between bluefin tuna corruption and one-third of freshwater fish getting closer to extinction, it may not be long until many wild sea creatures exists nowhere but the history books.

Do you think the concept of plant-based protein will ever catch on? What is the answer to overfishing the world’s oceans?

CC licensed by Masayoshi Sekimura: Bluefin Tuna

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  • Anonymous

    When you say ‘plant based protein’ are you talking about veganism, or the so-called ‘textured-protein’ imitation meat?

    As far as I can see, the former will not catch on in any big way until much more drastic measures are taken (Tobacco-like excise taxes on animal protein, for instance), while the other has a massive ‘ick’ factor that would need to be overcome.

    The ‘ick’ factor gets even worse when you start to talk about ‘vat’ grown meat.

    That said, though, I think the iitation meats will eventually come to the fore – whether it’s biologically needed or not, we do descent from omnivores and hunters. We may have passed the point where we _need_ to eat meat, but there will be a strong psychological nee for it for a long time to come.

    Speaking to the actual topic, who is in charge of enforcing these quota, and why arethey having so much trouble doing so? Is it a matter of enforcement “teeth”?