Bluefin Tuna Sells for $1.8M
Tokyo auction shatters previous record
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 7:24 AM CST
People look at a bluefin tuna displayed at Sushi Zanmai restaurant in Tokyo Saturday.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

(Newser) – If last year's record price of $736,000 seemed high for a bluefin tuna, then this year's new mark will be even harder to fathom: The owner of a Japanese restaurant chain paid $1.8 million at an annual Tokyo auction, reports the BBC. Even he thought it seemed a "bit high" for the 489-pound fish—about $3,600 a pound—now destined for sushi and sashimi plates.

The auction helps kick off the new year, and the high prices are more publicity stunt than an indication of quality fish, explains the AP. Meanwhile, the Pew Environmental Group is coming out with numbers on Monday that will show a continued sharp decline in bluefin stocks. "Everything we're hearing is that there's no good news for the Pacific bluefin," says a group member. "We're seeing a very high-value fish continue to be overfished."

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Jan 15, 2013 6:34 PM CST
It's too bad that a concept as simple as "Tragedy of the Commons" is too complex for Newser readers to comprehend it.
Jan 6, 2013 11:15 AM CST
yumx999999999999999999999 me want some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum!
Jan 5, 2013 1:44 PM CST
This does not bode well for over fishing. As long as idiots are willing to pay prices like this it will not be long before the oceans are barren.