From our Feb Anglers Report:
$1.8 million spent on a Big Tuna at a New Year's auction at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market! Kiyoshi Kimura, known as the "Tuna King," operates a restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, and paid 193 million yen (about $1.8 million) for a 608-pound (276-kilogram) bluefin tuna. His purchase, although very costly, wasn't ever the highest amount he paid for a tuna.
Last year at the auction, he paid a record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a 612-pound fish. The latest tuna was caught in Japan's northern Aomori prefecture. Kimura said the fish was expensive, but that he was glad to get it in the first New Year auction of the new Reiwa era.
"Yes, this is expensive, isn't it? I want our customers to eat very tasty ones this year too," Kimura said at the pre-dawn auction. Bluefin are the largest tuna, and can live up to 40 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund. An endangered species, they migrate across all oceans, can weigh 1,500 pounds and reach 10 feet in length.
That's a lot of sushi...