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Southern bluefin tuna

Overfishing has seen the southern bluefin tuna driven to the brink of extinction. The flesh of this massive bony fish has a particularly high fat content and commands a high price in Japan, where an individual fish can fetch as much as US$ 10,000 in 'sashimi' markets. The annual catch of this species during the 1960s was around 80,000 tonnes worldwide and it is estimated that global breeding stocks have been reduced by as much as 97 percent.

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