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What does Mitsubishi have to do with the near extinction of the Bluefin Tuna ?

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posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 12:53 AM
Are people going to Eat the Planet to Death ???
Do ya think there are to many people? Or are we so gluttonous that we have to eat a species into extintion ?

The article tells of the "breeding stocks of the fish that migrate from the Atlantic to spawn will be wiped out in the Mediterranean by 2012."

Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 by The Independent/UK

Revealed: The Bid to Corner World's Bluefin Tuna Market
Mitsubishi freezing fish to sell later as stock numbers plummet toward extinction
by Martin Hickman

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.

Bluefin tuna is being over-fished and its numbers can't be sustained, scientists say. (GETTY IMAGES)A corporation within the £170bn Mitsubishi empire is importing thousands of tonnes of the fish from Europe into Tokyo's premium fish markets, despite stocks plummeting towards extinction in the Mediterranean.

Bluefin tuna frozen at -60C now could be sold in several years' time for astronomical sums if Atlantic bluefin becomes commercially extinct as forecast, a result of the near free-for-all enjoyed by the tuna fleet.

In the forthcoming documentary film The End of the Line, Roberto Mielgo, a former bluefin fisherman who travels the world monitoring catches, claims that Mitsubishi buys and sells 60 per cent of the threatened fish and that it has expanded its freezer capacity to hold extra bluefin.

[edit on 6-6-2009 by azureskys]

posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 01:59 AM
Scary stuff man. I just ate two tuna sandwiches a few minutes before reading this. You just ruined it for me!

posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 02:05 AM
Well it looks like the lemmingoids will ignore the plight of the planet once again.
No wonder the bacterium is working overtime to take us out.

Oh well see ya in the funny papers.

Not meant for you Happyfeet

[edit on 6-6-2009 by azureskys]

posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 03:47 AM

Originally posted by azureskys

Not meant for you Happyfeet

[edit on 6-6-2009 by azureskys]

No offense taken, I completely agree.

posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 04:21 AM
What DOES Mitsubishi have to do with it?

What Mitsubishi is doing is buying tuna and processing it.

What Mitsubishi isn't doing:
- fishing
- raising catch limits
- overfishing through fish farming (catching small fry and reporting that weight as per your quota, then fattening the tuna in pens to adult weight)

All of that's being done by the EU and African nations that control the Med fishery. Why not put the blame spotlight where it belongs?

posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 11:28 PM
reply to post by vox2442

Uh...?? maybe Mitsubishi should Stop Buying an Endangered Species !

Do you propose we kill off All Life on the planet, one after another ???

Willie Mackenzie, a Greenpeace fish campaigner, said: "Mitsubishi are best known in the UK for making cars or electrical goods - and for most people it comes as a bit of a shock to find out they are one of the world's biggest traders in the endangered bluefin tuna. Bluefin tuna are as endangered as rhinos or tigers."

posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 08:41 PM
reply to post by azureskys

Perhaps it'd be easier for Mitsubishi to stop buying if EU nations would stop selling.

Everyone knows that Italy uses spotter planes, illegally. Everyone knows that the Turks keep getting caught overfishing. Everyone knows that catching immature fish for fish farming is the NUMBER ONE reason for the lack of mature fish in the wild. Everyone also knows that the Japanese market is 40%.

That leaves 60%. 60% of that market that seems to get a free pass, along with - most importantly - all of the nations that set the fishing quotas, do the fishing and actually sell the fish.

Instead of going after Japanese owned restaurants in London for picking up a couple of kilos of bluefin a week to keep on the menu, or even Mitsubishi for supplying the larger Japanese market, why not go after the people who are actually, you know, responsible for allowing these things to happen?

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