How do you feel when tourists visiting Saipan post pictures of themselves killing rare charismatic megafauna? This green humphead parrotfish is listed as a species of concern by the National Marine Fisheries Service. It's not officially endangered, but ask yourself this, how many of these babies have you seen in the Saipan Lagoon recently?
It is one thing for a local to catch this fish using local methods, but for a Japanese dive shop owner to charge a tourist to board a dive boat to go spear fishing? That doesn't sit well with me.
Just like the Napoleon Wrasse Troy Williams sold to a Garapan chinese restaurant for $1/pound, I'm sure this fish sold for all of $50. Maybe $60.
Tourists who kill rare species during their vacation on Saipan hereby make the official Saipan Blog Asshole List.