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Bluefin tuna, (near) record at Tokyo market auction

Bluefin tuna, (near) record at Tokyo market auction

09, Jan 2024

In Japan, a 238 kilo bluefin tuna (or bluefin tuna) was sold at auction for the (almost) record sum of 114 million yen, equal to 720 thousand euros. The sale took place during the traditional auction, the first of the year, at the Toyosu fish market in Koto-ku, Tokyo. The record valuation was made for a specimen from Oma, in Aomori prefecture, sold at 5.10 am on Friday 5 January. The winner with the highest bid for the specimen of the large pelagic fish was tied by the president of the Yamayuki food conglomerate, Yukitaka Yamaguchi, and the manager of the company that manages the Ginza Onodera Sushi chains.

The over 200 kilo tuna caught off the coast of the port of Oma, a city in the prefecture of Aomori, on the largest Japanese island of Honshu, exceeded last year's price three times at 36.4 million yen, equal to over 227 thousand Euros (read EFA News): in fact, however, it represents the highest figure in the last 4 years, since the end of the health emergency caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

However, the sale remains far from the absolute record for the purchase of a tuna achieved at the 2019 auction, the first in the new Toyosu fish market after the move from Tsukiji, east of Tokyo: during that session, in fact, a 278 kilos was sold for 333.6 million yen, equal to 2.1 million euros.

The figure recorded this year also remains behind the price reached at the beginning of 2020 by another 276 kilogram blue fin Thunnus orientalis, paid 193 million yen, i.e. 1.5 million euros, by Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of Zanmai, renowned sushi restaurant chain. Known in Japan as the "king of tuna", Kimura declared at the end of the auction: "I want our customers to eat very well again this year".

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EFA News - European Food Agency


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