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Friday, March 19, 2010

Blue Fins Going West

Are the Japanese eating us out of our lakes and oceans?

They will have none other but themselves to blame, naturally, if this *ichthyological doomsday scenario comes to pass.

We are all very well aware that the world's food resources are dwindling and that the rapid increase of the world population is taking its toll on the fragile ecological balance that serves to keep us nourished and prevents us from going hungry.

According to an article in The Guardian in 2007, the prospects are not good if an overhaul of the current policies towards food production is not carried out.

John Vidal, The Guardian's environment editor, writes: "Supply will be further restricted if fish stocks continue to decline due to overfishing, and if soils become exhausted and erosion decreases the arable area."

What are we to do? Within the possibilities, exert further pressure by writing and raising awareness that it is all very much up to us to decide the fate of our scant food resources and do our utmost best to preserve and conserve what little we have of our arable land and fish stocks in our oceans.

Farewell Blue Fin Tuna!

And in France, see video below:

In depth on Aljazeera English - Inside Story with Nick Clark

*noun ich·thy·ol·o·gy   /ˌɪkθiˈɒlədʒi/
the branch of zoology dealing with fishes

ichthyological. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 24, 2010, from


  1. I may be mistaken but I thought I saw recently an article about what steps the European Union and other organizations were taking to stop this. And I thought Japan was working with them.

    This is similar when whaling was at its most modern peak: though we see how well that works - Japan is still one of the major whaling counties. Boo Japan!

    Now, if we can start working towards a ban on shark fin soup. Blech!

  2. J.P there will come a time when they will literally have to take stock of their mad chase and consumption of fishes and other sea-animals. Blech, indeed!

  3. Sushi is an increasingly rare treat for us, so far this year we haven't had it. It's important to be aware and to try act, but the best way to address a problem is to personally change habits.

    I loved sushi, but the only responsible thing to do was to turn it into a very special occasion dish (and it would be even more responsible not to eat it at all...which I'm working on).

    Just saying, whereas it would be great for the Japanese to make substantial changes...when I first heard about the problems of sustainability, I knew I was a contributor to that problem, rather than to the solution. The best way to start solving a problem is to evaluate what we can personally do to help, I guess.

    Now if the Japanese would follow suit, we'd really be getting somewhere.

  4. Shimp, I get the impression that the videos hint at sustainability. Hopefully, that could be accomplished. You are right, too, individual, local, global. The way to go.

  5. Sustainability and diversity are the key to our survival, but trying to get other people to see that seems to be getting more difficult, not easier. I guess when there isn't anything left to eat or drink, people will get the message.