A bluefin tuna has been sold for three quarters of a million dollars in Tokyo – smashing the record for world’s most expensive edible fish by almost double.
The bluefin tuna, hailed for making the finest sushi, fetched 56.49 million yen at Tsukiji fish market’s first auction of the year.
The winning bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of a sushi restaurant chain.
The 269kg (593lb) tuna also set a world record for price by weight, market official Yutaka Hasegawa said. The total sale price translates to 210,000 yen per kilogram.
The tuna was caught off Oma, located in Japan’s Aomori prefecture, north of the coast that was struck by the devastating tsunami last year.
Mr Kimura told reporters his record bid was an effort to “liven up Japan” and help it on the road to recovery.
He also wanted to keep the fish in Japan “rather than let it get taken overseas”.
This previous record for world’s most expensive edible fish was set last year, when a 342kg bluefin tuna caught off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido fetched 32.49 million yen.
The winning bid was a joint effort by a Hong Kong-based sushi chain and an upscale Japanese restaurant in Tokyo.
The first auction in January at the famous fish market in Tokyo is an important part of Japan’s New Year celebrations, and record prices are often set.
Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of seafood, eating about 80 per cent of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught worldwide.
However, restrictions on catches of the species have been tightened in recent years because of great concerns about overfishing.View Comments