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To celebrate World Tuna Day, eat anything else

Japan exceeds catch quota as 'sustainable' sushi bar in US holds the bluefin

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

NEW YORK -- While those of us on dry land celebrate the first World Tuna Day on Tuesday, a storm is brewing in the seas ahead.

High demand for tuna -- responsible for what a Pew Charitable Trusts study estimates to be at least a $42.2 billion global industry with a nearly 5 million metric ton haul in 2014 -- has significantly depleted the stocks of nine out of 23 tuna species. For the highly coveted Pacific bluefin, whose dwindling population is thought to have been depleted by an alarming 97% of unfished levels, this could spell their extinction.

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