Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $1.7M in Japan
A giant bluefin destined for a high-end Japanese sushi joint went for an insanely high record price at auction. From...
A giant bluefin destined for a high-end Japanese sushi joint went for an insanely high record price at auction.
From this story on nbcnews.com:
A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi.
In the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s sprawling Tsukiji fish market, the 222-kilogram (489-pound) tuna caught off northeastern Japan sold for 155.4 million yen, said Ryoji Yagi, a market official. The fish’s tender pink and red meat is prized for sushi and sashimi. The best slices of fatty bluefin — called “o-toro” here — can sell for 2,000 yen ($24) per piece at upmarket Tokyo sushi bars. Japanese eat 80 percent of the bluefin tuna caught worldwide, and much the global catch is shipped to Japan for consumption.
If a bluefin is on your lifetime bucket list of fish to catch, but you’ve been dragging your feet, you might want to go ahead and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Because you may not have the opportunity to do so much longer.