Overfishing Update: Endangered Atlantic Bluefin on the Menu at Nobu in London, EU to Reconsider Fishing Common Policy


photo: Pierre-Olivier Mazoyer

Two quick bits about overfishing. On the eco-scandalous side, undercover investigators have discovered that at three Nobu restaurants in London endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna has been served and passed off as non-endangered tuna. On the political side, the European Commission has announced that it will be doing a full review of the EU’s Common Fisheries policy on the grounds that it fails to protect declining fish stocks. The scandalous first:DNA Testing Confirms Atlantic Bluefin Was Served
According to an article which ran in the Telegraph a little over a week ago, undercover investigators from Greenpeace asked the staff at three London branches of Nobu what type of tuna different menu items only described in Japanese came from. Though told that none of them was from Atlantic bluefin, when DNA testing was done on the samples two out of three times the fish was Atlantic bluefin, while the third test was inconclusive.

Though it is not illegal to serve Atlantic bluefin, many chefs in London have stopped serving it owing to it being listed as critically endangered by sustainable seafood watch groups. The original article cites a spokesperson for Westminster city council as saying that it falsely describing food is an offense.

Dr Sergi Tudela from WWF Mediterranean put the issue in another context,

If you were served up something labelled as ‘steak’ in a restaurant, and only found out later that you had eaten tiger or rhinoceros meat, you’d be outraged.

via :: The Telegraph
EU Fishing Policy to be Revamped
Fishermen in the EU who obey the current rules are being penalized by those who do not, that’s what the BBC is reporting. The EU wants to cut both the number of vessels and the time they spend at sea.

The commission says there are still too many vessels chasing too few fish, and that ecological sustainability must take precedence over economic or social factors.

In other words, just because a community has traditionally depended on fishing does not mean it can continue to do so.

In 2003, 29% of open seas fisheries were in a state of collapse, defined as a decline to less than 10% of their original yield (BBC). Globally, at current rates of exploitation, by 2050 virtually every fish stock in the world could be in a state of commercial collapse.

via :: BBC News
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