Tuna chunksPhoto: Renee SBluefin tuna
We’re not scared of bluefin tuna — we’re desperately terrified for it. It’s been fished to the brink of extinction, yet the group charged with its “protection” is still setting catch quotas far above limits suggested by its own scientists and countries are refusing to ban its export. And as if the boneheaded decisions by ICCAT, or as marine biologist Carl Safina likes to call it, the International Conspiracy to Catch All Tunas, weren’t enough, we saw BP poisoning the spawning ground of the Atlantic bluefin in the Gulf of Mexico.