— Japanese bluefin tuna sells for record $3 million in auction at Tokyo’s new fish market
— Someone bought this dead fish for $3 million Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market
— The auctioned-off bluefin tuna weighs 612 pounds.
A giant bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) in the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront.
The 278-kilogram tuna, valued at 1.2 million yen per kilogram, was caught in Oma, one of the best tuna fishing grounds in Japan, on the northern tip of main island Honshu.
It was bought by Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Sushi Zanmai, a major sushi restaurant chain.
“I did not expect it to be that expensive. However, since I was able to buy a good one, I’d like customers to try it,” Kimura told reporters.
Kimura bought the most expensive tuna in the first auction of the year from 2012 to 2017, including one at the previous record of 155.4 million yen in 2013.
Japanese are the world’s major consumers of bluefin tuna and its overfishing has long invited international criticism.
The auction was held at the Toyosu market, which opened at Tokyo’s waterfront area in October after the 83-year-old Tsukiji fish market closed down despite fierce opposition from workers and lingering concerns about contamination at the new site.
The relocation was delayed by almost two years as Tokyo had to deal with soil and air contamination and other issues at Toyosu, which formerly housed a gas production plant.