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Inject a poison into bluefin tuna that make them toxic to human but not themselves or their predators.

After a bluefin tuna of 222 kilo was bought for 1.7 million dollars, the resources that need to be put into places to protect a few of these giants will only increase, requiring armies to protect them. the waste engendered by the operation (fuel, resources, money......) can barely be called sustainable practices. the sale of that tuna was one of the best shine the light on reality of economic truth and the law is simply not enough.
it is only an idea, i am aware of the dark side of it.
not every idea is worth putting into action, but many are worth debating for what they are bringing up.

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  • Apr 17 2013: ok.
    Good chat.
  • Apr 17 2013: First off, you are wrong about Bluefin stocks. Your proposal is based on the tuna that sold for 1.7 million, which is a complete anomaly for the fishery. It is no more than and advertising and publicity scheme for Kimora, proprietor of Sushi Zanmai, a sushi chain in Japan. Secondly, this kind of thing happens every year at Tsukiji during the first week of the new year. Last year he paid 750k for a fish and 3 years ago the fish sold for 350k. It is a tradition to up bid the Giant tunas landed from Oma (the northern tip of Japan) to promote a prosperous new year within the industry. Furthermore, its exclusively a Japanese tuna, and never a foreign fish that is subject. It is no more a reflection of true vessel prices or stocks numbers as it is to say Britney Spears is a fantastic song writer. If you are interested in more about the resource management, please see:

    http://www.iccat.int/Documents/SCRS/ExecSum/BFT_EN.pdf
    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/statusreviews/bluefintuna.pdf
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      Apr 17 2013: thanks for all this. i know it is a ritualistic buy and doesn't reflect the current market price but it does send a message to the world of what their are willing to pay in the future. really i appreciate your help in getting real facts.
      it doesn't take away the rest of the issues.
      i will read the links you sent me.
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    Apr 17 2013: love the idea...

    I will not encourage anybody to execute this. Way too rad.
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      Apr 17 2013: i wouldn't either. but worth contemplating as it is loaded with ethic issues.
  • Apr 16 2013: This is amazing to me that modest efforts aren't enough to protect one of Japan's favorite foods. Couldn't fisheries be used to collect fertilized eggs like for salmon? Maybe not - but there doesn't seem to be a serious effort to protect the species.Couldn't a mixed mode solution solve the problem? or at least keep the species aroung until we can do something better.
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    Apr 15 2013: Imagine the military and terrorist applications if such a human-specific toxin were possible.
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      Apr 15 2013: i am sure someone is working or has worked out the toxins in the "chemical war fare" departement.
      that idea is also laced with some kind of dark humour and extremism.
      the radioactivities found in certain fish following the nuclear disaster in Japan do just that. but i don't know what it does to the fish.