A ton of trade and fraud plays into the black market of Blue-fin Tuna. Stocks suffer because of the catching of undersized Blue-fin. Often times they are caught illegally, between 1998-2007 one in three Blue-fin were caught illegally. Spotter planes are used to spot schools of fish, after being caught the are intentionally under reported, sometimes not reported at all then transported by refrigerated boats.
If you desire a Blue-fin Tuna dish at a restaurant you will have to pay the price. Blue-fin Tuna can be very expensive in some cases even paying up to $96 dollars a piece. But why are they so expensive in comparison with other seafood meals?
Blue-fin tuna reside mainly the in North Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea. Blue-fin Tuna adults weigh 830 pounds, and are facing endangerment due to the huge black market of Blue-fin Tuna. With the population steadily decreasing Blue-fin are facing many problems.
Atlantic fish in general are endangered. The value of Blue-fin Tuna has increased over the years, as the price of the fish increased so did the fishing. In 1950 the population was at about 34,000. Many years later Blue-fin are now overfished and the population continued to take a downfall at 9,600 in 2010. As long as there is a market for the tuna they will continue to fall victim to overfishing.
Every year an auction is held at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the Blue-fin auction shows the growing demand of Blue-fin because of the collapse of the species. At the first Blue-fin auction held at Tsukiji Market a 489 pound Blue-fin sold for a whopping $1.6 million. In the 1960s nobody wanted Blue-fin, they were sold for pennies per pound and used for cat food. Once not wanted, now one of the most sough-after fish around the globe.
Bluefin tuna is one of the sea's most valuable species, and are still being caught illegally. Fishermen "cheat" to get there hands on the wonderful species that can live for up to 40 years. Fishermen saw the growing market with all the money that goes into it and continue to seek Blue-fin Tuna to come up on a paycheck.
SUMMARY: Blue-fin Tuna have been endangered for many years. Fishermen across the world cheat to catch blue-fin while ignoring the rules that go along with fishing for the fish. Some of Frances most noble fishermen were put on trial for the illegal catching and overfishing of tuna. The act goes far beyond France as it happens around the world. SUSTAINABILITY/IMPACTS: Overfishing of blue-fin tuna is not sustainable at all. Blue-fin are top predators and without them the entire ocean and food-chain will face negative impacts. Blue-fin are often times caught at a young age before even getting a chance to reproduce and is showing the population numbers. Blue-fin are rare creatures and are value-able to the entire ocean. CONNECTIONS: Overfishing is always a reoccurring issue that pops up. Tons of fish suffer because of fishermen catching them over and over again. To go along with overfishing, more often then not fish are caught on accident because of by-catch. Without a change the actions of fishermen will carry on, and so will the down-fall of the deep depths.
SUMMARY: Tons of blue-fin are illegally caught each year. Fishermen blatantly violate the rules and engage in a number of illegal practices. Ranches that are used to fatten Blue-fin became the epicenter for laundering blue-fin tuna. Hidden unreported trade continues to be an issue. SUSTAINABILITY/IMPACTS: Blue-fin will always suffer as long as they are ignoring the laws. The illegal black market is putting a burden on the species. The price goes up and so does the fishing. Connections: Just like any other thing illegally traded it is a crime. The black market is a huge market that runs off of fraud and crimes. The rules are there for a reason just like anything else. Is a stop sign put there just because? NO it's not.
With the demand still high blue-fin many not be able to support it without actions. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas was put into place to help protect blue-fin. The solution is not helping, fishermen continue to ignore the laws put in place as they continue to overfish and make tons of money off of their catch.
The Japanese government will increase surveillance on fishing for smaller blue-fin tuna. The solution will help as they will monitor daily volumes of fish being caught instead of monthly. The positive on trying to prevent small tuna from being caught will provide hope for the species giving the stock a chance to reproduce.
Blue-fin are endangered. The future is uncertain. The black market of the fish caused the species downfall because of a result of over fishing in effort to catch the prize. Action must be taken to provide hope for such a beautiful creature that plays a helping hand the in the function of the entire ocean.