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Who Needs Endangered Bluefin Tuna Anyway?

bluefin.jpgAs a reaction to the growing furor over the use of the endangered bluefin tuna in sushi hotspots like the Nobu empire, sushi expert Trevor Corson pens an interesting piece for the Atlantic today, arguing that bluefin tuna should have never become this popular in the first place, because it's simply not that good. He credits an easy profit margin for the popularity of the fish in America, noting that "prior to about the 1920s, no self-respecting Japanese person would eat any kind of tuna at all if they could possibly avoid it. Tuna was so despised in Japan that all tuna species qualified for an official term of disparagement: gezakana, or 'inferior fish.' " [Atlantic]