January 11, 2011
There's one way to stop further decimating remaining populations of bluefin tuna: stop eating them. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has an ongoing Bluefin Boycott campaign that calls attention to the crisis faced by the tuna species--a species that can race across the Atlantic at 50 miles per hour but can't out-swim commercial fishing lines and nets that have brought the bluefin to the brink of extinction. Popular in sushi, bluefin continues to be a prized catch; so much so that one fish fetched $177,000 at a Japanese fish market in 2010.
The Bluefin Boycott asks people worldwide to pledge not to eat or serve bluefin sushi. More than 20,000 people and a growing number of restaurants have since signed on, including several sushi restaurants from All Sushi Restaurant in Los Angeles, to Bamboo Sushi in Portland, Oregon, to Sushi Ten in Tucson, Arizona.
The campaign calls attention to what is unique--and worth saving--about the bluefin tuna. The fish are large--growing up to 10 feet long--and are almost alone among fish for being warm-blooded, able to regulate their own body temperature as they cruise...