Bluefin tuna sold for record $1.76 million

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market fetches a record breaking price.

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At a recent auction in Tokyo, a bluefin tuna, weighing in at 222kg, was sold for a jaw-dropping $1.76 million. This figure clocks in at close to three times the record from 2012, says an article on Huffington Post.

The winning bidder was president of Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, Kiyoshi Kimura. Stats show that Japanese eat 80 percent of the bluefin tuna caught worldwide, and much of the global catch is shipped to Japan for consumption. That's a lot of sushi!

The article states that “stocks of all three bluefin species - the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic – have fallen over the past 15 years amid overfishing”, while Amanda Nickson, the director of the US-based Pew Environmental Group's global tuna conservation campaign, says “This poor species is being hit from every angle”.

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