Friday 11 December 2009

Animal: Save the Bluefin Tuna (Amended)

Animal: Save the Bluefin Tuna

This Christmas, when you are happily enjoying your meals on a romantic candlelit table, do not forget to think about what you are eating, it may just be one of those endangered species. Since the first time I wrote about saving the humpback whales, then the clever sharks, followed by the leatherback turtle, I suppose you know many of the animals on this planets need our attention and need us to learn more about them so that we can appreciate their living. I have always been an environmentalist and I love this planet, and so I hope you do too! This time, I would like you to care for the poor bluefin tuna.

Bluefin Tuna Interesting Facts
  1. They are listed as "Critically Endangered".[1]
  2. All tunas are warm-blooded, like human.[3]
  3. The Pacific bluefin tuna is are some of the biggest and fastest fish in the Pacific Ocean.[3]
  4. Three species of this oceanic giant: southern bluefin tuna (global Southern Ocean), Pacific bluefin tuna (Indo-Pacific Ocean), northern bluefin tuna (Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea) have been largely fished out to satisfy our insatiable taste buds.[1]
  5. It takes about 8 to 14 years for northern and southern bluefin tuna to mature and about 3 to 5 years for Pacific tuna[1] , with a maximum lifespan believed to be about 25 years [3].
  6. Since the 1970s, populations of the northern bluefin tuna have declined by almost 90% while southern bluefin tuna have declined by about 85%.[1]
  7. There is currently no quota system and no way of controlling Pacific bluefin tuna fishing in international waters. A large number of immature Pacific bluefin tuna juveniles are caught by small, local fisheries in Japan, pushing this population close to the endangered category.[1]
  8. The northern bluefin breeding population will disappear by 2012 unless the current fishing frenzy stops.[1]
What can you do?
You can come here to pledge to be a "Bluefin Saver" by visiting this website by WWF and choose the restaurant(s) from whose menu you want the bluefin tuna to be removed. I have already done so.


insatiable -- adj. (especially of a desire or need) too great to be satisfied
immature -- adj. not yet completely grown
juveniles -- n. young people, hereby refers to fish
fisheries -- n. areas of water where fish are caught so they can be sold
breeding -- vb. [I] (of animals) to have sex and reproduce
frenzy -- adj. uncontrolled and excited behaviour or emotion, which is sometimes violent
pledge -- vb. to make a serious or formal promise to give or do something

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