From British daily The Independent:
Revealed: the bid to corner world’s bluefin tuna market
Mitsubishi freezing fish to sell later as stock numbers plummet toward extinction
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
A corporation within the £170bn Mitsubishi empire is importing thousands of tonnes of the fish from Europe into Tokyo’s premium fish markets, despite stocks plummeting towards extinction in the Mediterranean.
Bluefin tuna frozen at -60C now could be sold in several years’ time for astronomical sums if Atlantic bluefin becomes commercially extinct as forecast, a result of the near free-for-all enjoyed by the tuna fleet.
A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at an auction in Tokyo, Japan Saturday, reports the Associated Press: here.
Juvenile bluefin tunas can dive to depths of more than 1000 meters: here.
Protests over tuna industry development plans in Papua New Guinea: here.
Sushi lovers should think twice before ordering another helping of maguro rolls. Mercury levels in restaurant tuna sushi are higher than those of supermarket tuna sushi, a new study reveals: here.
WWF welcomes EU Commissioner’s call for big cut in Mediterranean bluefin tuna catches: here.
November 2010: New data seen by WWF and Greenpeace reveal that the 2010 fishing activities for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea have been as riddled with rule-flouting and traceability shortcomings as ever before. The conservation organisations are urging international fisheries regulators to put an end to the depletion of this key species as they meet in Paris: here.
Bluefin tuna still largely unprotected as conservation conference ends: here.
So many reasons to not choose Bluefin for your meal! Here.
WWF uncovers massive unreported trade of Atlantic Bluefin tuna through Panama: here.
Far more bluefin sold than reported caught: report here.
Rare white bluefin tuna arrives at Tsukiji Market, what a shame: here.
October 2012. WWF has welcomed the first positive signs of stock increase in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock revealed in the recent scientific assessment by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) which -if confirmed- would mean a turning point for this threatened species: here.
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) spawn in Japanese waters before swimming to the Californian coast. Researchers who tested 15 fish caught after the [Fukushima] disaster in March 2011 found that all contained traces of caesium-134, a water-soluble radioisotope spewed into the ocean by the meltdown. Fish that travelled to California before 2011 did not carry the isotope. The results were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: here.
Greenpeace warns Taiwan against dismantling tuna protection: here.
Tuna washes ashore on Isle of Mull: here.
- Massive Unreported Trade of Endangered Bluefin Tuna Exposed (ecowatch.org)
- WWF lifts lid on unreported tuna trade (dawn.com)
- Bluefin tuna could be added to species at risk list (cbc.ca)
- Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban Fails; WWF Calls for Boycott as Population Plummets (prweb.com)
- Pacific conservation measures for bigeye tuna are urgently needed (earthtimes.org)
- Big Data May Ensure Sustainable Sushi (blogs.sap.com)
- You: List of endangered species omits tuna, eel (japantimes.co.jp)
- WWF and TRAFFIC: Marine Species Get a Raw Deal at CITES Wildlife Convention (prweb.com)