Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:55 PM
dixiegrrrrl (48,135 posts)
Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million in Tokyo
The price works out to a stunning 700,000 yen per kilogram, or $3,603 per pound.
The best slices of fatty Bluefin--called “o-toro'' here--can sell for 2,000 yen ($24) per piece at tony Tokyo sushi bars.
Japanese eat 80 percent of the Atlantic and Pacific Bluefin tuna caught, and much of the species caught worldwide is shipped to Japan for consumption. A 2010 stock assessment of the Pacific Bluefin indicated a declining population.
Stocks of bluefin caught in the Atlantic and Mediterranean plunged by 60 percent between 1997 and 2007 due to rampant, often illegal, overfishing and lax quotas. Although there has been some improvement in recent years, experts say the outlook for the species is still fragile.
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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:08 PM
stuntcat (12,007 posts)
3. The price will go up, til the species is gone.
I know more people who seeing this news would run out and get some bluefish tuna! than people who are worried by our species wiping others out.
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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:06 PM
mike_c (34,633 posts)
6. although bluefin IS overfished, this sale had little to do with scarcity and much to do with PR....
Kimura also set the old record of 56.4 million yen at last year's New Year's auction, which tends to attract high bids as a celebratory way to kick off the new year--or get some publicity. The high prices don't necessarily reflect exceptionally high fish quality.