When the United States recently declined to protect the bluefin tuna, it was one more failure of people to see beyond themselves.
There's a long line of people to blame but that line ends at the consumer.
The politicians, the officials, and the fishermen are all responding to the money to be made in killing the important and magnificent top predator. That money ultimately comes from the consumer.
The Japanese consume the most by far. Maybe we ought to stop letting people hide behind whatever it is they hide behind as they extinct a species.
Oh, that's right, we already had our chance many times over and we blew it.