Australian endangered species: Southern Bluefin Tuna | SBS News
Fishing to the general population defines an activity of catching fish either for food or as a sport. Usually, this method is a controlled way of survival for isolated societies but for the majority a purpose to consume, supply and demand. Japan, a country obsessed with spending an obscene amount of money to purchase one marine species ‘Southern Bluefin tuna’. The Japanese are crazy for this fish ingredient and an overwhelming amount of other fish. Because they are willing to pay large amounts to the fisherman, the fisherman break laws and over fish.
Since the 1950’s fisherman have been capturing species of marine life heavily and illegally. Recent statistics show a rapid decline of the Southern Bluefin Tuna. The level is now well below the accepted national and international sustainable levels. More concerning, it is now classified as conservation dependent under Australia’s Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act. The Southern Bluefin Tuna is now critically endangered, all for humans thirst for greed. People need to be aware of this serious environmental issue.
As you know, or may not know, about 70% of the Earth’s surface is water covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5% of all earth’s water. For a marine species to be considered critically endangered raises alarm bells and the urge to act. If greedy fisherman continue to over fish and illegally fish, just imagine the damage it will do and how major the consequences will be on our ecosystem. The idea of fish not existing in our oceans seems far fetched and a bit of a joke. The reality is, majestic fish like the Southern Bluefin Tuna are quickly disappearing. What makes this issue so frustrating , is a fisherman would not think twice about killing the last of this beautiful and important species to save it from becoming extinct. Good fortune is measured by good, positive life behaviour and intention and a man may think money can buy you happiness but it will not resurrect a graveyard from our cycle of life.