MORE PLASTIC IN THE OCEANS THAN FISH… ONE BLUEFIN TUNA SELLS FOR $396,000

There have been warnings for years …  huge areas in the oceans (5 gyres) that have more plastic trash and garbage than fish.

What we’re seeing is the product greed, selfishness, and short sightedness on the part of government, consumers, and governing agencies alike.

Combine that with the excessive over fishing of the many species of fish is it any wonder that the one Bluefin tuna would fetch almost $400,000.00?

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Tuna at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan photo by Hiratu Yasuyuki (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

According to the AP:

TOKYO — A giant Bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world’s largest wholesale fish market. […]

Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of seafood, with Japanese eating 80 % of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The two tuna species are the most sought-after by sushi lovers.

They are in a severe population decline and many predict they could be extinct in the not to distant future.

The Japanese demand for the the Bluefin has depleted the Atlantic tuna by as much as 90% since the 1970’s.

Placing the Bluefin tuna on the endangered species list is currently under review for that status.

For more information on the Bluefin tuna and other fish species visit Seafood Watch here.

One thought on “MORE PLASTIC IN THE OCEANS THAN FISH… ONE BLUEFIN TUNA SELLS FOR $396,000
  1. The corporate mentality needs a relentlessly growing population of wage and debt slaves to keep them rich and powerful, but recycling plastic trash would eat into their profits, so they expect the common tax payer to pay for it, while they proceed with business as usual, but the government is bankrupt because the rich refuse to pay their taxes, which makes ecocide and extinction inevitable.

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