At one time there were over 200 locations of Tonnage fisheries UT now there is barely enough to support two Tonnage. The nets disrupt breeding which makes it hard for Bluffing to reproduce decreasing their numbers they are also captured in these nets quickening there depletion. (PBS. Org) Bluffing Tuna is a highly prized food fish Because of this it is a highly sought out fish by fisherman the amount of money a fisherman can make off of one Bluffing is $100,000 at Tsunami fish market in Tokyo, Japan. Bluffing Tuna is one of the most highly prized fish in Japan where its sashimi is a particular delicacy.
The Bluffing industry in Japan is about a 7. 2 billion dollar industry. Japanese on average consume more than 80 percent of all Bluffing captured. The Bluffing cannot reproduce at a fast enough rates to compensate the demand of its flesh. This greed is causing the fish to go extinct. (“Northern Bluffing Tuna”) Despite repeated warning overfeeding continues. In 2007, resources from the international commission for the conversation of Atlantic Tunas (CATS) recommended a global quota Of 1 5,000 tones of Bluffing to be fished. However despite this CATS chose to allow 22,000 tones to be fished.
In 2009, the CATS association confirmed that the tuna stocks are declining by 72 recent in east Atlantic and by 82 percent in the western Atlantic. In October 2009 the Bluffing Tuna was recommended to be placed on the CITES (convention on international trade in endangered species) Appendix list and to have an international trade ban. The proposal for an international ban was not received well by Japan and Korea whose economy relies on the tuna where it is a multi billion-dollar industry. (“Northern Bluffing and Broader ) The convention on international trade in endangered species failed to protect the Bluffing.
In March 201 0 the United Nations rejected the LOS backed efforts to impose the ban. CITES delegates voted don the proposal to protect Bluffing by 68th 20, with 30 abstentions. The rejection of the ban was a clear victory for the Japanese government, which had vowed not to comply with international ban from the start. CATS has said that if the stock of the Bluffing were not rebuilt by 2022 it would consider closing some of the commercial fisheries. (“Northern Bluffing and Broader ) One solution to the depletion of these fish is that countries are implementing the idea of farm raised Bluffing, which some say taste identical to wild Bluffing.
Japan especially is leading the way in farm raising Bluffing. In 2009, aqua cultists succeeded in breeding Bluffing in captivity and keeping them alive through their development from larvae to fingerling’s to young juveniles. But this intervention is causing more problems than it’s solving. By farm raising the Bluffing farmer have to feed the fish tons Of small fish like mackerels. The large amount of these fish needed to sustain the Bluffing is causing depletion in the smaller fish. However researchers are trying to develop a protein substitute to feed the fish. There is also a heavy worry bout disease in farm-raised fish.
There is a heavy need to use lot of antibiotics and other medication to keep them healthy. By raising the fish in captivity it raises the possibility, that the seemingly inevitable collapse of the natural populations can be offset by cultivation of a new one. (“Northern From a Buddhist perspective the idea of farm raising these animals contribute to Aims. It relates to Pimento article on electronegative diet. We need animals for food but farm raised animal rely on humans to supple them with food it’s a interdependent symbiotic relationship that humans do to want to acknowledge because of hierarchical notions.
Farm raised animals are taken out of there natural habitat and breed to be consumed this enforces the idea of there value they are thought of as food not sentient beings and therefore do not matter this reinforces the idea of self and contain uses the cycle of Ducked. A better solution to this problem would be to decrease the amount of fish allowable to take or to allow fishing for Bluffing during certain times of the year. The problem with this solution is that most of the fisheries would lose money and not make huge profit that they are accustom to making.
Therefore fisheries do not want to cut back on the fishing they would oppose this solution like the ban. (“Northern Bluffing Tuna”) Another solution has been to given to slow the depletion of Bluffing it is to catch only male Bluffing Tuna. These way females can lay eggs and produce more offspring to keep the stalk of Bluffing from becoming From a Buddhist perspective this could all have been solved if people would only fish what they need and not be so greedy for the sake of commercialism.
Bluffing Tuna is regarded as one of the most highly evolved fish and is prized as a luxury food in Japan much like the Filet Mignon in America. This notion of self and society creates this false sense that Bluffing is a necessity and not a food necessity but a class necessity. One can not just eat tuna but one needs Bluffing Tuna, more exclusively they eat Torero the fatty belly, because its expensive therefore the best by societal demands. Buddhism talk about Ducked which means suffering suffering caused by the concept of self it leads us to be selfish and only think of ourselves.
This selfishness is causing us to deplete our natural resource like the Bluffing tuna. Buddhist notion of Aims is clearly violated creating karma and suffering to the world and the Bluffing Tuna once they are extinct then millions of fisherman who make their living off of these fish will be jobless and will have no money to support their family in the end we all lose. Buddhism does not look down upon one for killing for food however in the case Of the Bluffing they are being killed for prestige and commercial interest. Bluffing tuna weight up to 770 pounds that s a lot flesh to be consumed.
It is hard to imagine that so many of these fish are needed to sustain the populations that consume it. (Palmer) The concept of self creates greed. This greed has made us want and desire things that are not a necessity. This greed has caused us to feverish large fisheries want to make an extensive profit so they fish at an alarming rate. This greed from a Buddhist perspective leads to more suffering. If the Bluffing Tuna become extinct many fisherman will be out of work and poor they will not be able to support there families and everyone suffers.
Of course Greed clouds people judgment most of the fisherman are thinking in the present moment about how at the end of the week they will receive a large sum for the tuna they caught, they do not realize the consequences of their actions. The Fisherman do not realize the interdependence of the world. Everything is interconnected. The fishermen rely on the Bluffing so that they can earn a living. People rely on the fisherman to bring them the Tuna to eat and consume for nourishment. In return the fisherman relies on the people to buy the fish.
It’s a cycle that no one thinks about. Buddhism teaches one to have compassion and to love all things. It also teaches us to be kind and loving towards all beings no one is above another We all have an equally valued life. There is not enough compassion on the human end to regard animals as beings that have feelings and lives of value, therefore overfeeding will continue and not stop. In conclusion, nature should be preserved and not disturbed. The Bluffing tuna population is dramatically decreasing because of the commercial fishing industry.
Many environmental groups like CATS and CITES have tried to implement bans and limits to the fishing but they have fail and or receive much criticism by critics. Researchers have proposed various solutions to this problem; the issue IS how to implement them. Japan the leading consumer of this fish consuming more than 80 percent opposed a ban on the fish saying it will hurt there fishing industry with makes multimillion’s off of this one fish. From a Buddhist perspective fee as if it will be hard to implement these plans to save the Bluffing if people do not obtain enlightenment about the situation and about society.
Aims creates bad karma creating more suffering. By harming the Bluffing Tuna we create CEO karma and induce more suffering on ourselves as people once we understand this then we can grow compassion for all being this compassion will help us understand that we just like these tuna are the same interconnected. Once we understand that we are interconnected the false sense of self, which leads to greed, will disintegrate away. Our compassion for these animals will help us to find a valid solution to the environmental issue of overfeeding the Bluffing Tuna. Blue fin tuna has the ability to grow very large.