20 May '11, 3pm

It's time to stop eating endangered animals like the bluefin tuna

The bluefin tuna is large, fast, tasty, and rare. For those reasons, it's highly prized by both commercial and sports fishers. The Atlantic bluefin often sells for more than $1,000 a kilogram. That's pushed the fish even closer to the brink of extinction. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada recently recommended that the western Atlantic population of bluefin tuna be listed as endangered. The bluefin joins salmon, rockfish, sharks, loggerhead sea turtles, Atlantic cod, and many others on the list of at-risk marine species in Canada. Fishing was identified as a key factor in the decline of all these species. Sadly, government and industry appear to be in denial. "Our Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery is the best-managed fishery of its kind in the world today," a Department of Fisheries and Oceans official said in response to the recommendation. An indust...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/05/...

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