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Sushi Lovers: Pacific Bluefin Tuna is at risk of extinction

Friday, 21 November 2014

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Pacific Bluefin Tuna Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium Randy Wilder / IUCN

 

The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis), クロマグロ, which is often used in sushi and sashimi dishes, is becoming harder to get and more expensive. Due to the increasing demand, the Bluefin Tuna in the Pacific Ocean has been declining and driving the iconic fish towards extinction.

 

From the latest survey by Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, the status of Bluefin Tuna is upgraded from 'Least concern' to 'Vulnerable' which means the tuna is threatened with extinction.

 

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, Japan accounts for the majority percentage of demand for Pacific Bluefin Tuna. With increasing demand and shortage of stock, the Pacific Bluefin Tuna market value will continue to rise. For instance, a single 230-kilogram Pacific Bluefin Tuna was sold in Tokyo for approximately 7.36 million yen (approximate SGD 81,100) in early 2014.

 

 

Source: IUCN

 

Photos: Monterey Bay Aquarium Randy WilderPosted by Admin in News on 21 Nov 2014

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