I slept through my 3:00am alarm to witness the tuna auction… Still, we managed to get there early enough and caught a bit of the action…
Watching the tuna ritual was one-of-a-kind experience. However, it’s worth mentioning that overfishing is a real problem and already caused the extinction of many species.
When you read about it, it’s clear that regulations exist but aren’t fully enforced. The most efficient fishing technics do not differentiate adult tunas from the young ones, causing the whole population to decline. And it takes 10 years for a tuna to reach its adult size of 100kg. In the few last decades, fishermen not only noticed a decrease in the size of their catch, but also witnessed entire species of fish to disappear from the market stalls.
The increase of sushi as a commodity in the 80’s and 90’s throughout the world was a big reason for the growing demand of tuna, hence the current overfishing. We heard that just 30 years ago in Japan, eating sushi was a rare opportunity because it was an expensive dish.
A gentle reminder for us that even the most wonderful vagabonding times shouldn’t be taken for granted.
As consumers and self-proclaimed world citizens, it’s important that we change some of our habits and find ways to take action. Something to focus on next week at the retreat and in the years to come.
** Note: i was particularly happy with the pictures from this market excursion, i barely did any post-production/editing on it 🙂