I confess to the guilty pleasure of watching "Wicked Tuna" on the National Geographic Channel. I once fished a bit, in my case for lobstah on the Maine coast. "Wicked Tuna" and "The Deadliest Catch" about crab fishing in the Bering Sea, they speak to me.
But, "Wicked Tuna" IS a guilty pleasure. These giant apex predators, as fast as racehorses are beng hunted to extinction in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans to satisfy the gluttony of Japanese businessmen. A big fish on the dock at Gloucester, Massachusetts can easily being a fishing crew of three a $10,000 price. The fish are packed in ice and flown immediately to the Japanese raw fish market. Imagine what the price is in that market. The US government is trying (along with other governments) to save the species through regulation of fishing but it is a hopeless task. With prices so high why would working class fishermen desist from whatever frantic activity they can manage?
In the news this week is the heartening tale of the return to viable numbers of the "California Blue Whale." Bravo! Bis!
I call here for a total moritorium on the hunting of the Bluefin Tuna. Let there be a 20 year ban in this fishery. Let the governments help the fishermen transition to fisheries that are sustainable.
Let the Japaniese eat seaweed. They like it. pl