Social and economic impacts


Fishermen on the brink.

Small-scale fishing is on the way to extinction. Veteran fisherman Martin Caruana is witnessing Marsaxlokk change before his eyes and, looking to the future, he sees the popular bay sapped of its quintessential colour. How long before that happens? “The…Read More

Japan: Dancing on the Grave of the Bluefin Tuna

In what has now become an annual ritual, the first bluefin tuna of the year sold at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo has yet again garnered an astronomical price — $1.76 million for a 489-pound fish. This is supposed to demonstrate the buyer’s largesse to his…Read More

Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota amid warnings of commercial extinction

Conservationists call on Japan to abide by fishing agreements after reports annual quota will be exceeded two months early Conservation groups have called on Japan to abide by international agreements to curb catches of Pacific bluefin tuna after reports…Read More

Mitsubishi Profits as World’s Tuna Become ‘Critically Endangered’

Although environmental campaigners and scientists have urged the Japanese government to change its fishing policies to help protect Bluefin tuna stock, Japan continues to move in a direction that will lead to extinction of one of the most prized fish species…Read More

Revealed: the bid to corner world's bluefin tuna market

Mitsubishi freezing fish to sell later as stock numbers plummet toward extinction Japan's sprawling Mitsubishi conglomerate has cornered a 40 per cent share of the world market in bluefin tuna, one of the world's most endangered fish. A corporation within…Read More
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