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Jan 15, 2013 09:09 AM

Do you dine on endangered species when legally available?

Whale in Japan? Sea cow in Central America? For me it is green turtle whenever I visit the Caymans. I can also get turtle in the Bahamas, but to me the hawksbill is not as flavorful.

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  1. What about cod? Swordfish? Tuna? Red snapper? And all the other endangered fish that are readily available?

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      1. re: Sal Vanilla

        Bluefin Tuna is classified by the US as a "species of special concern", but not endangered. Populations have fallen by 80% over the past 40 years and an international organization has been set up to attempt to manage the situation in order to prevent extinction.

    1. I understand that there is more than a little disagreement on what constitutes endangerment.

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        1. re: sal_acid

          Perhaps, but erring on the side of caution is entirely appropriate, considering that once a species is gone, it can't be brought back. And it's undeniable that many fish species are over harvested.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            While your statement is 100% true the way modern science is heading I will bet you dollars to donuts perhaps not in my lifetime but certain in my 14 year old sons life time he will eat a Brontosaurus Burger.

        2. Let me refine this. Banned by CITES or banned by your laws for import or use. Thus in Florida, snook is not commercially available. Have to catch it yourself or be very good friends with somebody who did.

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          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            I googled snook since I had no clue what it is. Looks like it is all catch and release through August 2013 because of population. In cases like that, I'd abide by the law.

            If I were in a country that legally consumes something that is not legal at home...tend towards not but case by case decision.

            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              i seem to recall that snook IS legal if taken from the pacific ocean?

              1. re: westsidegal

                It is recently legal to keep and eat snook in Florida only if they are between 28 and 33 inches, a fairly small window.

            2. No. Sea turtle is one exotic meat which really intrigues me and I would like to try it. However, I choose not to.

              1. I've never had the opportunity but I don't think I would, unless there weren't any other options available.