The worldwide sushi industry is under threat due to overfishing of plastic soy sauce fish stocks, with leading marine biologists predicting a collapse of the entire fishery within the next five years.
“Ten years ago we used to see schools of up to a billion little plastic soy sauce fish feeding off the coast of Peru during the breeding season,” said Dr Lydia Perch from the Centre For Polymerised Aquaculture. “Last year the catch was less than five million, hardly enough to supply even one decent sized sushi train for a whole year.”
“We’ve been warning the sushi industry for years that it is simply unsustainable to supply each individual California roll with its own soy sauce fish,” said Greenpeace spokesperson Yvonne Dreadlock. “Unless governments set aside marine reserves to allow breeding of new stocks the soy sauce fish is likely to vanish from the ocean forever.”
Experts fear that unless restrictions are placed upon the harvest the little plastic soy sauce fish will go the way of the singing bass fish.
“We haven’t learnt any lessons from the 1990s when mismanagement of singing bass fish stocks lead to a complete devastation of the species,” said Professor Bill Mullet from the Institute of Harmonic Marine Studies. “We thought that stocks of singing bass fish were endless but within a few years they all ended up on boards on the walls of rumpus rooms singing Take Me To The River and numbers have never recovered.”