Blue fin tuna (sushi)


When we are considering the depletion of oil, gold, minerals and diamonds, there is a more common commercial food industry problem which will also be a threat towards us consumers and ocean inhabitants.

I wonder what will happen when our taste buds got so used to exotic food like sushi especially blue fin tuna. Pandemonium in the global ocean will be inevitable. Many cannot simply resist the temptation of the fresh tuna, but still there are people who are vegetarians and non sushi lovers.

“A recent study by the UN warns that the world’s oceans may be completely depleted of fish in 40 years. Already, ninety percent of the large fish in the world’s oceans have disappeared. And one of the most endangered fish today is the Bluefin tuna – also known as the king of sushi.”

Over fishing may lead to extinction of the species due to the ravenous consumers particularly the Japanese who are reluctant to give up the food culture.

Tuna is the heart of Japanese culture and you can see them selling everywhere in Japan. Most sushi lovers go for the best quality fish which make no escape for the blue fin tuna. Environmentalist and some people are trying to save the fish but others would just place their livelihood as priority. Unfortunately, the awareness has not reach the buyers and of course they aren’t affected by the phenomenon.

The commodity now is tuna and the market is as chaotic as what we see from stock exchange.  We savor various kinds of seafood in stores and restaurants yet we do not realize the story behind on how blue fins are captured, how big is the purchase and its popularity.

Fishery management has to be improved. The modern industrialized fishing techniques are barriers of an effective reproductive system of the tuna. The dilemma is apparent as the blue fin tuna is bigger than other tuna. According to scientists, it takes much longer in their sexual maturity, approximately between four and eight years. “More than nine out of 10 of the species recently caught were too young to have reproduced, meaning they may have been the last generation of the bluefin tuna.” Unfortunately, the statistics are unable to stop the greed of fishermen in hunting them. No matter how rigorous and difficult the catch is, they will still continue on what they believe and pursue on the finest taste of sashimi (raw fish) or sushi.

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