クロマグロ

昨日鯨の話をしたが*1、今度は鮪の話。とはいっても、因果的なツナがりはないが。

Adam Gabbatt “EU backing for bluefin tuna trade ban sparks Japan protests” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/11/bluefish-tuna-ban-japan-protests


EUが大西洋のクロマグロ(bluefin tuna)の取引禁止を支持することを決定し、それに対して東京築地の仲買人たち(brokers/dealers)が抗議行動をしたという;


"This is like telling the US to stop eating beef," said Kimio Amano, a 36-year-old broker at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo who joined about 100 other dealers – many clad in work boots and shiny waterproof overalls – to chant slogans calling for better use of the ocean's resources.

The brokers argue that an Atlantic ban would be unnecessary if existing tuna stocks were better managed. The Japanese tuna industry also contends that the implementation of the ban could lead to broader restrictions.

"Our biggest hope is that this doesn't spread to the Pacific," said Tadao Ban, head of the Tokyo co-operative for large fish dealers. For this reason we are promoting strict resource management. We are even supporting putting a tag on each and every tuna caught."

大西洋で獲れたクロマグロの80%は日本に輸出される。また、WWFによれば、大西洋のクロマグロは1978年から2009年までの約40年間に80%減少しているという。