In what has now become an annual ritual, the first bluefin tuna of the year sold at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo has yet again garnered an astronomical price — $1.76 million for a 489-pound fish. This is supposed to demonstrate the buyer’s largesse to his customers and would be a laughable spectacle of profligacy if it didn’t have such far-reaching consequences. In the face of crashing global bluefin stocks — to the extent that most breeding populations are at 3-5 percent of their historical maximum — this behavior is the equivalent of gorging oneself on the fish as the last of the species is moved past on its way to the slaughter pens. …

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