The Pacific Bluefin tuna has been a staple of many people’s diets. The fish has an integral place in the world of Sushi. However, it is possible that this fish might become extinct. A lot of fishing for Bluefin tuna has taken place over the years, and the high levels of fishing could be threatening the existence of the fish. Those who fish for Pacific Bluefin tuna are noticing changes in the fish that are being caught. They just aren’t as good of catches anymore. This is likely caused by excess fishing for Pacific Bluefin tuna. Chefs are certainly having a difficult time with this change, as they try to make quality dishes with lower quality Pacific Bluefin tuna.
Jiro Ono has earned a high reputation as a chef. According to many people, Jiro Ono holds the title of best chef in Japan. He has lots of experience preparing sushi and other dishes with Pacific Bluefin tuna. Unfortunately, Jiro Ono does not think things are looking good for the species. He also holds concerns about extinction, and he fears that the quality of the fish will continue to drop. Other chefs in Japan have similar concerns. For instance, a Japanese restaurant said that he’s finding himself unable to get the quality of Bluefin tuna that he looks for. Additionally, this chef believes the situation is bound to get even worse.
As you would imagine, companies that are in the Bluefin tuna industry are suffering. Stocks of these businesses have shown losses, as a result of this. Companies that are in the Pacific Bluefin tuna industry are extremely concerned about what’s going on. Due to the concerns, there was a meeting conducted in Sapporo, Japan. However, the meeting didn’t lead to any resolution to this problem. Nothing has been done regarding regulations aimed at stopping the problem.
However, environmentalists have become quite concerned about the changes. The Pacific Bluefin tuna wasn’t considered in any real danger of extinction in past times. In fact, the species was deemed of “least concern”. Then, the International Union for Conservation of Nature changed the classification of Pacific Bluefin tuna. Rather than being seen as in the least threatened category, the fish is now in the vulnerable category. The fish has become labeled as “vulnerable” because more of the fish is being consumed. While the fish has always been very widely consumed in Japan, the Chinese are beginning to consume the fish more frequently. Japan still has the bulk of the Pacific Bluefin tuna customers, with 80% of the consumption. Still, other Asian countries are starting to consume quite a bit of the fish. Their levels of consumption can be expected to rise over the course of time.
It is possible that the population of Pacific Bluefin tuna could take a nosedive this decade. In fact, estimates say that its population could be lower than it ever has been. This may happen within as little as ten years. The odds of this taking place is at a whopping 1 out of 3 chance. The population of Pacific Bluefin tuna has been steadily declining, so this would not seem all that surprising.
While progress to help save the Pacific Bluefin tuna is remaining quite stagnant, there have been some efforts. Work is being done to be able to have farm-raised Pacific Bluefin tuna. It appears that this could be possible in the future as a solution. However, this still is only taking place on a small scale. The farm-raised Pacific Bluefin tuna has shown gains in quality, though. Continued research is likely to yield further gains in the quality of farm-raised Pacific Bluefin tuna.