Saving your sashimi


Current stocks of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery are in danger, with overfishing of high valued ‘sashimi’ species in particular. The implementation of a new harvest target, maximum economic yield (MEY), can reverse this trend. MEY guarantees a sustainable harvest that maximises returns from the fishery. This requires the rebuilding of tuna stocks, which in turn implies a lower cost of fishing and higher returns in the future. The result is a win-win: more fish and more profits. The gains from following an MEY target are considerable with billions of extra profit on offer.

Professor Tom Kompas
I think implementing a MEY would be wonderful, but also quite tricky: firstly getting international cooperation, and then figuring out how to police the oceans against poachers. As a proponent of responsible living, and also as huge fan of sashimi, I sincerely hope that a solution like this is put into action before we over hunt yet another species to extinction.
Pip 4 years 10 months ago

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