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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:35 PM
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Sushi-Loving Japan Fears Push For Tuna Export Ban
Sushi-Loving Japan Fears Push For Tuna Export Ban

Seafood-loving Japan having faced years of international pressure to stop whaling finds itself with a potentially bigger fight over a highly prized type of tuna that conservation groups say is being fished to extinction.

A proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna vaunted for its succulent red and pink meat could slash supplies and drive up prices in Japan, the world's biggest consumer and importer of the fish.

Talk of banning imports of the species has made some Japanese feel their very way of life is under attack. The fish is often served as sushi, the iconic Japanese dish.

"Any ban is going to have a big impact culturally and economically," said Masaru Nakazawa, a 63-year-old wholesaler at Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji fish market.

But environmentalists say the Atlantic bluefin is a vanishing species and insist a ban on its export by the world body that governs wildlife trade is the last chance to save it in the face of skyrocketing global demand and a failure by governments to abide by existing quotas.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12...
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:43 PM
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1. Anyone know which sushi is affected?
Aka the Japanese name?
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:04 PM
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2. maguro
However, there is a Pacific bluefin variety as well, so this does not include all maguro. On the other hand, all tuna stocks worldwide are being depleted due to overfishing, so much so that one of the big J-companies, I forget which one, is rumored to be stocking up and freezing the fish to thaw them out and sell in three years when the market is gutted.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:13 PM
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4. I hope you are joking. Isn't that the most popular sushi there is?
What other fish is there in enough volume to replace it? Or do we not get to eat sushi anymore? I love sushi. This sucks.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:12 PM
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3. Toro is bluefin. Maguro is yellowfin. Some sushi places say their maguro is bluefin, but if it isn't
$10 per piece, it's not bluefin. An export ban would be great. These great creatures need a break.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:15 PM
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5. Thank goodness
Toro is so expensive anyway.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:28 PM
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7. Yeah, and I like the taste of maguro better. But I'll leave both behind for hamachi, which can be
farm raised.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:21 PM
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8. Hamachi is my favorite!
I am totally into a hamachi maki which is a spicy ahi maki with avocado topped with a full piece of hamachi. I use this with a ponzu wasabi sauce. Heaven.
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:51 PM
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10. Maybe in the States
Toro is the fatty belly of the tuna, which can be either variety. I live in Japan so I don't know how much Atlantic fish makes it over here...
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:18 PM
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6. They should reserve it for special occassions.
Maybe every third or fourth year it would not be allowed.

or

Every third or fourth year it would be allowed.

or

Every year that American made vehicles outsell those sold in Japan.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:24 PM
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9. More tamago sushi for me
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