Japan: World’s Most Expensive Fish Sold for $1.8 Million

A 222-kilogram bluefin tuna was sold at Tokyo's Tsukiji market for an all-time high of 155.4 million yen, or 1.8 million dollars.

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Toru Hanai / REUTERS

An employee holds the head of the 222 kg bluefin tuna outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo January 5, 2013.

On Saturday morning around 5 a.m., a 222-kilogram bluefin tuna was sold at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market for an all-time high of 155.4 million yen, or 1.8 million dollars, at the annual new year auction, Japan’s national broadcaster NHK reported. That equals $8,000 per kilo of tuna, making the marbled, richly-flavoured tuna roughly eight times more expensive than silver.

“The price was a bit high,” the winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura told the Kyodo News Agency. “But I hope we can encourage Japan by providing good tuna.” He operates the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain, which claims to be Japan’s first 24-hour, 365-days-a-year sushi bar.

Kimura said he planned to offer the fish to his customers on Saturday evening. Tiny sushi slices of the prized fish can sell for up to $24, according to the Associated PressJapanese consume up to 80% of the world’s declining tuna stock. Ever higher prices cause alarm among environmentalists fearing further depletion.

This year’s price dwarfs last year’s record price of $646,000.

9 comments
NwobodoBlessing
NwobodoBlessing

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Zealous
Zealous

Dang, that's a big fish.

x1
x1

Fish baby, fish!

KabsKubs
KabsKubs

This is one way of making sure a very haste depletion of the world's tuna population.While tuna fishing is deemed legal and honest business,are we doing something to make sure that there will be enough left tuna fishes in our oceans in order for us to sustain this kind business in the long run?Or,does the fact about the record price of tuna an indicator of how rare this fish have  become lately?Maybe we're already witnessing the blatant extinction of the species under our noses without really comprehending the fact...

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

Thats a lot of cash. A publicity stunt that will work out well for his restaurant.