Assignment Asia: Iki’s vanishing bluefin tunas

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    For more: In Iki, a small island in Japan, most inhabitants are fishermen who stick to the traditional pole and line method of catching. For years, they have lived off the abundance of bluefin tunas in the waters around their island. But it has become harder and harder to keep on. Thanks to the increasing demand for bluefin tuna, stocks have dwindled to 4 percent of the original number. Barnaby Lo heads to Iki to find out how dire the situation is there and how Iki fishermen are trying to save bluefin tunas and their livelihoods.

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