A recent animal rights issue has arisen in Japan over a rare type of tuna that are considered a luxury food and are used in sushi. These tuna are so elusive that a giant one could fetch over 100,000 thousand dollars from the right buyer. An international ban is currently in the process of being passed that will stop the trade of Bluefin tuna. Many Japanese people are protesting this ban because the tuna create a huge market in Japan(over7 billion a year). Scientists have recently assessed the stocks of Bluefin in the atlantic and found that the number of Bluefins have decreased by up to 80%, and therefore making the tuna elligible for the endangered species list(BBC). It has been proposed that the tuna fishers should stop fishing for the next few years, allowing the numbers of tuna to go back up to what they were years ago. Japan has frequently been at the head of animal rights controversy, and hopefully this negative media attention will prevent these tuna from becoming extinct.
Japan is not opposed to bluefin conservation, but believes such matters should be regulated by regional fisheries bodies such as the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (Iccat).