Why is there a thriving black market for blue fin tuna?



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    Regulations controlling blue fin tuna fishing were instated to protect the fish from extinction. Because the blue fin tuna is so valuable, fishers had a lot of interest in working around the regulations. The fish has now been wildly over-fished. The regulations were intended to protect the precious fish, but instead a completely unregulated black market  thrived throughout the 90’s. The tuna is incredibly valuable and one large fish can fetch $100,000 in Japan. Apparently, it is fatty and delicious- a sushi delicacy the world over.

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