Bluefin Tuna Sold for Only 5% of Last Year’s Record Price

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Other News

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Bluefin tuna at the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Bluefin tuna at the Tsukiji Fish Market in 2008. Photo credit: Sanctu via photopin cc.

Price of bluefin tuna falls at Tokyo auction
The celebratory first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market was held on Sunday. Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura paid 7.36m yen (more than US $70,000) for a 230kg (507lb) bluefin tuna. This might sound like a lot of money for a single tuna, but it’s only five percent of what he paid at the auction last year (155m yen / US $1.7m). Kimura also set the record for highest bid in 2012. However, the high prices don’t always reflect high quality. Stocks of the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic bluefin tuna have fallen dramatically over the last 15 years, but demand continues to grow.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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