Tell Nobu Restaurant to Stop Serving Bluefin Tuna!
  • Petitioned Drew Nieporent

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Part-Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group, Nobu New York City
Drew Nieporent
Director of Marketing, Myriad Restaurant Group
Tracy Nieporent

Tell Nobu Restaurant to Stop Serving Bluefin Tuna!

    1. Marah Hardt
    2. Petition by

      Marah Hardt

      Kailua Kona, HI

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are one of the mightiest fish in the ocean, a thousand-pound silver bullet capable of accelerating faster than a Porsche and maintaining swimming speeds of over 40 mph.  They can navigate across thousands of miles and are one of the only warm-blooded fish ever to swim through the seas.  But all these adaptations do little to protect the species from our insatiable appetite.

The growing demand for high-end sushi and the utter failure of management has driven 70% declines in the Eastern Atlantic Bluefin population and over 80% declines in the Western stock over the past few decades. 

But as long as people continue to pay big money for a little slice of fish, fishermen will keep fishing, the industry will keep trading, and the Atlantic Bluefin will march ever- closer to extinction—especially when high-end sushi restaurants like Nobu continue to put Bluefin on the menu. 

Their excuse? That Bluefin is part of a cultural heritage of sushi and they cannot simply stop serving it.  Trouble is, it’s not true. Bluefin is a relatively new addition to the menu, and its red meat was in fact despised by sushi elite in the days before refrigeration.

Nobu tries to pass the buck of responsibility to their customers by printing a warning on their menus, but it’s Nobu who buys the fish from the dealers, ultimately promoting the trade. 

With regional management a failure, and efforts this spring to ban the international trade squashed  (mostly by Japan, which buys 80% of all Bluefin caught), and the Gulf oil spill devastating one of only two breeding grounds for Atlantic Bluefin, time is running out for this species.

Let Nobu know there can be no more excuses: it’s time to take Bluefin tuna off the menu.

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    • William Callison BELLEVUE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      No excuse in the world to continue with one of the most endangered species. Cultural heritage justification must be outweighed by the interests and opinions of the rest of the world. You have no right.

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    • Karen Lau BURBANK, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      We have to get past our comfort zone and look at the impact we are creating on our environment and the web of life.

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    • Temo Gonzalez FRACC. EL COYOL, VERACRUZ, VER., MEXICO
      • over 3 years ago

      It is irresponsible to offer Bluefin tuna to your customers since it is in high risk of extiction. Please stop serving Bluefin tuna!!!!

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    • Mark Walton SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      I love sushi as much as the next guy, but you have an opportunity to set an example for other restaurants, because of your reputation, and make the world a better place by promoting biodiversity. Do the right thing here. Make sure these fish are around for the next generation.

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