|Mitshubishi: Selling bluefin will save it
||[Jun. 5th, 2009|12:09 pm]
Debate is swirling over the endangered bluefin. Nobu, the Japanese restaurant chain, has angered its celebrity customers by keeping it on the menu. |
After the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)sanctioned an unsustainable catch this year, Mitsubishi Corporation - which controls at least 35 per cent of the bluefin trade - said that bluefin was "being overfished and without effective regulation and conservation management" and noted that "this situation will worsen."
But guess what? In its January statement, Mitsubishi added:
"After reviewing ICCAT meeting results, MC believes that it can best contribute to the sustainability of bluefin tuna by remaining in the business for now and continuing to work with other stakeholders to improve the regulation and management and management of bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean."
That wording again: "MC believes that it can best contribute to the sustainability of bluefin tuna by remaining in the business."