6 reasons why The Star’s latest promotion is a face-palm to the oceans
6 March 2014
Who’s up for some barbecued endangered species?
This March down at The Star, until recently known as Star City Casino, it’s tuna month. Is this a new campaign from the high-rollers about conserving endangered species perhaps? Think again – at The Star, they’re serving endangered species.
Years of overfishing means 95% of the southern bluefin tuna once in the ocean are now gone.
‘What creature from the growing menu of soon-to-be extinct species will The Star serve up for its next promotion?’ – is the obvious question. Will it be giant panda cakes? Black rhino rolls?
Serving up critically endangered species is not okay – however you slice it.
Overfishing of many species, especially the important predators like tuna, is a massive global problem.
Here’s 6 reasons why Star City, or any restaurant for that matter, should take bluefin tuna off the menu.
- Southern bluefin tuna has been listed as “critically endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species since 1996 – we frown on trade in other critically endangered species like black rhino, selling southern bluefin tuna undermines the whole argument.
- Around 95% of the world’s southern bluefin are already gone – the population is estimated to be 3.5-7.7% or less of original spawning stock biomass.
- If we applied Australian rules to southern bluefin tuna, fishing it would be banned. Under our commonwealth harvest strategy, any fish species that falls below 20% of its original population is immediately protected, fishing is stopped, and a recovery plan is put in place to bring it back.
- 98% of the bluefin caught in Australia are baby tuna, meaning they haven’t had a chance to breed yet.
- It takes up to ten kilos of wild-caught sardines to produce 1kg of ranched bluefin tuna.
- The management plan for southern bluefin only has a 70% probability of rebuilding stocks to 20% of their unfished size by 2035.
Gambling with the contents of people’s bank accounts is their business – rolling the dice with a species’ extinction is not ok.