It’s often amazing what some people are willing to pay for some things. Take, for instance, a recent sale of a Bluefin tuna at a Tokyo Market. The fish sold for a record 333.6 million yen—around AUD$4 million. Granted the tuna weighed an incredible 612 pounds, so the winning bidder hopefully got his or her’s money’s worth.
Bluefin Tuna is actually a threatened species, so the opportunity to pick the fish up at market doesn’t come around often. Typically, Bluefin tuna sells for around AUD$40 a pound, with prices rising to over AUD$200 a pound by the season’s end. The tuna is even more valuable if it comes from Oma in northern Japan.
With the fish being threatened, more and more measures are being taken to prevent the prized fish from going extinct. There’s a lot of ground to be made up—Bluefin levels in the Pacific have dropped by 96 per cent compared with pre-industrial levels.
The Kiyomura Corp, owned by Kiyoshi Kimura, won the auction for the tuna. Kiyomura runs the Sushi Zanmai chain, so they definitely know their fish.
Kimura was surprised by the price, but also stated that “the quality of the tuna I bought is the best.”
Whether the fish finds its way onto Kimura’s menus or not is yet to be seen.