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Photo of the Week (3/16/10)


Tuna Populations Receiving Failing Grade
Coral beads
Sarah Carr, 2009/Marine Photobank
At this week's 15th Conference of Parties in Qatar, the Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) is considering the level of trade protection to grant bluefin tuna, a fish declining in numbers yet highly prized for sushi, particularly in Japan. When these giant fish arrive at the docks, experts give the fattest tuna, or sashimi, a grade of one, whereas the brown, more bitter fish receives a three. Tuna with the highest fat content attract the best prices. In January, the BBC reported that a 513-pound bluefin was auctioned in Tokyo for ¥16.28 million ($175,000), the highest price paid in nine years.

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