It's no secret that bluefin tuna is endangered. Since 1970, stocks of bluefin have dropped by more than 80 percent, thanks in no small part to its status as a prized sushi fish. In fact, scientists predict that if the rate of consumption of the fish stays the same, it will face extinction within ten years.
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Still, a request in front of the U.N. to ban international trade on bluefin was denied in March, as reported by the New York Times. The proposal was defeated by a margin of over 3:1.
Though the ban was denied, some restaurants are taking it on themselves to remove bluefin from their kitchens. One of them is Sushi Samba, a national sushi chain with locations in Miami and Las Vegas. The restaurant will no longer serve the fish and is supporting preservation efforts as well.