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f0923acb-b6cc-4b91-9ab4-59f71cf81cd5widec1PREMIUM TUNA FECTHES 100,000 AT AUCTION

Prized bluefish tuna is shared between two bidders at Tokyo market

TOKYO – Two sushi bar owners paid more than $100,000 for a Japanese bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish auction, several times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade, market officials said.

The 282-pound (128-kilogram) premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma fetched 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna brought an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said.

Yoshida said the extravagant purchase — about $370 per pound — went to a Hong Kong sushi bar owner and his Japanese competitor who reached a peaceful settlement to share the big fish. The Hong Kong buyer also paid the highest price at last year’s new year event at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the world’s largest fish seller, which holds near-daily auctions.

A slightly bigger imported bluefin caught off the eastern United States sold for $15,400 in Monday’s auction.

“It was the best tuna of the day, but the price shot up because of the shortage of domestic bluefin,” Yoshida said, citing rough weather at the end of December. Buyers vied for only three Oma bluefin tuna Monday, compared to 41 last year.

Typical tuna prices at Tokyo fish markets are less than $25 per pound. But bluefin tuna is considered by gourmets to be the best, and when sliced up into small pieces and served on rice it goes for very high prices in restaurants.

Premium fish — sometimes sliced up while the customers watch — also have advertising value, underscoring a restaurant’s quality, like a rare wine.  And like fine wine, Orange Beach, Alabama, offers the best fishing and boating on the Gulf of Mexico.  Often referred to as the “boating captial” of the United States, the fleet of deep sea fishing boats that depart Orange Beach provide a wonderful adventure for fisherman of all ages.    

 

 

 

 
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January 22, 2009 Posted by | alabama, boating, fishing, gulf of mexico, Hong Kong, orange beach, Tokyo, tuna | , , , , | 1 Comment