Ready for Life Without Bluefin Tuna?

The decades-long decline of the bluefin tuna has reached a stop-the-presses moment: The European Union has ordered its member nations to stop reeling them in for the rest of the year.

That may seem like a positive step toward saving the species, but it comes because the union’s fishing fleets have already caught their quota for the year — a quota that scientists say is twice as large as it should be.

The most immediate practical impact outside the fishing industry falls on restaurant chefs faced with a sudden hole in their menus. The longer-term question is how to manage the world’s ever-deepening bluefin addiction….

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