612 Pound Tuna Makes $3.1 Million at Japan Auction
By Bradley Short
At a New Year’s auction in Tokyo, Japan, sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record breaking $3.1 million for a bluefin tuna. Weighing in at 612 pounds, the bluefin was caught in Northern Japan, says one Japanese broadcaster. This purchase beat the world record previously set in the same fish market years ago. The tuna, looks so good because it’s “fat and looks very fresh”, Kimura said in an interview after his purchase. Kimura said that he expected the tuna to be between 30 million and 50 million yen ($276,421 - $460,702), or highest at 60 million yen ($552,843). The tuna ended up being five times more expensive. “Oh gosh!". For many years, Japan has faced harsh criticism as the bluefin population has declined in the past few years due to the overharvesting of the tuna. Since this decrease of bluefin tuna, scientists in Japan have been working on a way to produce a farm to “fully-cycle fish”, and because they rarely breed in captivity, scientists will have to find a way in order to breed them.