BLUEFIN TUNA SOLD FOR $1.7 MILLION!
Longline Fishing Is Wiping Out The Bluefin Tuna ~ This bogus price will only cause more fishing of the bluefin. In a Huffington Post article published yesterday, the plight of the bluefin tuna is discussed, click here . Basically, bluefin tuna populations are falling all over the world, with three species of bluefins facing extinction. And this disaster has caused the price of the bluefin to go way up – with an all-time record set earlier this year in Tokyo at $1.7 million for a 489 lb. fish. However, this auction smells fishy and might be just a publicity stunt to capitalize on the publicity and controversy surrounding the plight of the bluefin. C'mon, who can make a profit on a $1.7 million fish? ~ World Wildlife Fund: A ban is needed. The problem is, this stunt puts further pressures on the embattled bluefin as armies of fishermen will now rush out in their boats to try to catch even more of this precious fish to make a fortune. As a result, over-fishing and illegal fishing are inevitable. The "blue-gold rush" is on and the strict quotas already placed on the bluefin by many nations are sure to be violated. Read our earlier article about the bluefin tuna, click here . In the Huffington Post article, a method of fishing called pelagic longline fishing is brought up. This and other methods such as drift-netting and the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) are decimating the bluefin, which has dropped in numbers by over 70% in just three decades in the Atlantic. ~ Longli...