Just as the inhumane "delicacy" of shark fins was banned in New York City, soon too could bluefin tuna be ousted from city menus. A new measure being introduced today by City Council member Alan Maisel would ban selling anything "advertised or labeled" as bluefin in an effort to conserve the depleted populations of the prized fish.
"The problem with the bluefin tuna is that about 90 percent of the stock is depleted," Maisel told the Post. "The population needs to have a chance to recover." It would be more of a figurative stand, as the city "doesn't have jurisdiction over this in terms of fishing," but the measure could make sure there's no market for bluefin within city limits.
Earlier this year, the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also announced it was considering a Pacific bluefin fishing ban when studies estimated that there may be as few as 40,000 adult tuna left in the wild. They'll have an uphill battle, as the fish can sell for tens of thousands of dollars or even over a million for a single fish. A ban in the United States would also be a drop in the ocean compared to Japan, who consume 90% of the world's bluefin population.