11 years ago, Japanese buyers at the Tsukiji fish market paid $240,000 for a single blue fin tuna. People thought it was madness, then. Well this year the madness continues. A sushi chain and a Tokyo restaurant combined forces to make the winning bid of $395,000, or almost $527 a pound for the 750 pound whopper.
The giant was caught on a single long line (800 pound test we assume) off of Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island and excited the Japanese buyers because tuna is the fish dearest to Japanese palates, and bluefin is the darling of the tunas for them.
Japan purchases and consumes over half of the world’s bluefin tuna even as schools decline and fishing quotas are reduced.
If you want some of this fellow you’ll likely have to book your flight and make reservations today.