Scientific American raises the alarming prospect that, much quicker than anyone expected, bluefin tuna is going the way of the dodo:
As European fishing fleets prepare to begin the two-month Mediterranean fishing season on Wednesday, WWF said its analysis showed the bluefin tuna that spawn — those aged four years and older — will have disappeared by 2012 at current rates.
“For years people have been asking when the collapse of this fishery will happen, and now we have the answer,” said Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean.
You know, we have really good records for what people thought about, and pretty good records for how things looked. But how can we remember how something tasted?