Sunday, March 14, 2010

Buttery bluefin - no more?

NPR and the Associated Press have been reporting on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, in Qatar quite well, including this balanced story about the controversial proposed ban on the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Naturally, I'm somewhat conflicted: I unabashedly love bluefin and understand my peeps' almost fanatical devotion to it. But if the Atlantic population is dwindling and endangered, I'm all for a ban to help the species recover.

It's not that painful of a sacrifice when you consider: A. There are plenty of other delicious sustainable seafood offerings, and B. Limiting bluefin consumption might help your wallet recover, too.

I guess if you're a sushi-ya owner in Japan, you'd panic about the potential loss of $$$ without the prized bluefin in your stock.
But come on ... Japan's overconsumptive ways are almost a global embarrassment, and current headlines about Toyota's crazy killer cars and the documentary "The Cove" aren't helping matters.

So it might help Japan's image - as well as the poor bluefin's survival - if the Japanese would just agree to this ban, rather than fighting it like a petulant kid.

But hey, that's just my opinion. I'm interested in yours, so please provide your thoughts in the comments, or simply vote in this poll:

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