Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just in Case You Were in Denial

Another report, another biologist or fisheries professional telling us that the tragedy of the commons is fully upon the Atlantic Bluefin tuna. The fish is about to be put on the endangered species list, unless of course the Japanese get their way again. Apparently they want every last tuna on the planet.

We know better -- we knew better -- yet we ate until there was no more. The "we" being consumers from Japan, and in the 1980s and 90s, it was consumers from Japan and the US and Western Europe, too.

There's tuna out there we can still eat and feel ok in terms of sustainability, but forget about the Bluefin, a mighty finfish that ruled the ocean until we came along. So just in case you were in denial: we've fished the Bluefin to near extinction and it was all about greed. Thank you for playing.

Read more here.

Previous Eco ocean post on tuna.

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