The Most Expensive Fish in the World
A giant bluefin tuna is the most expensive fish fetched 16.3 million yen, which is equivalent to $177,000, in an auction at the world’s largest fish market in Japan. The 513-pound fish was purchased by anonymous owners of Japan and Hong-Kong based sushi restaurants, and is the most expensive fish since 2001, when a 440-pound tuna sold for a whopping 20.2 million yen at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market.
The most expensive fish that was caught off the coast of northern Japan, was among 570 put up for auction. Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of seafood, with Japanese eating 80% of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The two tuna species are the most sought after by sushi-lovers.
Besides the dropping demand for tuna, wholesalers are worried about a growing rule for tighter fishing amid declining tuna stocks. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in November slashed the quota for the 2010 catch by about one-third to 13,500 tons.
In early 2009, a 282-pound bluefin caught off the northern coast of Oma was sold to a pair of rival restaurateurs who set aside their differences to procure the massive fish for $100,000. In 2001, a 440-pound tuna was sold for themost expensive fish price of $220,000.
In 2010, however, the 440-pound tuna’s record was beaten by the sale of a gargantuan 513-pound bluefin. Sold at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the most expensive tuna in the world was also purchased by a confederacy of restaurateurs—this time the owners of two sushi restaurants in Japan and the owner of one in Hong Kong.
As the world recently celebrated the start of a new year, sushi connoisseurs worldwide also celebrated a brand new record for the world’s most expensive tuna sold at auction. Purchased at the same Japanese fish market as the previous record holder in Tokyo, this blue fin tuna is substantially bigger than is predecessor. At 269 kilograms (539 pounds), Kiyoshi Kimura purchased at $1,238 per pound for this delicious and most expensive fish.