Japan: Dancing on the Grave of the Bluefin Tuna

In what has now become an annual ritual, the first bluefin tuna of the year sold at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo has yet again garnered an astronomical price — $1.76 million for a 489-pound fish. This is supposed to demonstrate the buyer’s largesse to his customers and would be a laughable spectacle of profligacy if it didn’t have such far-reaching consequences. In the face of crashing global bluefin stocks — to the extent that most breeding populations are at 3-5 percent of their historical maximum — this behavior is the equivalent of gorging oneself on the fish as the last of the species is moved past on its way to the slaughter pens. …

Source and more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-rigney/japan-bluefin-tuna_b_2504942.html

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