Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Bluefin Tuna Sold For USD 3,23195 At Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market

Bluefin Tuna Sold For USD 3,23195 At Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market

Last year's highest bid at the final New Year's auction of the Tsukiji fish market - where Mr Onodera made his purchase this year - was nearly double that.

For the last seven years, the person making the largest winning bid has been the self-described "King of Tuna" Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushi Zanmai chain in Japan.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported that all bluefin tuna populations, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, Pacific bluefin tuna and Southern bluefin tuna, were declining severely due to overfishing and illegal fishing over the past few decades. The owner of an worldwide sushi restaurant has shelled out over United States dollars 300,000 for a single bluefin tuna and said that he was very happy with the result.

"I'm proud to be standing here at this historic moment", he added.

The owner of an global, high-end sushi restaurant chain has reportedly splashed out more than the equivalent of £238,000 on a prime bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish market. The market has been operating in Tsukiji since 1935. "I've tried to win in the auction since previous year, so I'm really happy", said Onodera, whose company has restaurants in NY and Singapore as well as in Japan. "It's sad that it will be closed down", Sakagami said.

Close												Wholesalers check the quality of tuna before auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Jan. 5
Close Wholesalers check the quality of tuna before auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Jan. 5

An 892 pound bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said yesterday.

Last year's New Year auction was supposed to be the last at Tsukiji's current location, as was the New Year auction the year before.

"There were more tuna for sale than I expected this year".

But in recent years the antiquated facility has prompted its users, such as seafood wholesalers, to voice concerns about its natural disaster resistance, sanitation and fire safety, as well as the structure's use of asbestos and its crumbling walls.

However, the move, originally slated for late 2016, also faced loud opposition from various businesses that operate at or around the market, an extremely popular attraction located conveniently within walking distance from the Ginza district.

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