Man purchases $3.1 million tuna, has some ... regrets

Man purchases $3.1 million tuna, has some ... regrets

A bluefin tuna fetched a record 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) at the first New Year's auction held at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market following the market's relocation from nearby Tsukiji last year.

The record price - which equates to about $5,000 a pound - is more than double the previous high set in 2013, according to Masayuki Fukuda, an official in charge of trading operations at the Tokyo market.

'The price was higher than originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna'.

"I bought a good tuna", the self-styled "Tuna King" said after the auction.

The final New Year's auction at Tsukiji in 2018 saw a tuna fetch 36.45 million yen.

It was caught off northern Japan's Aomori prefecture and sold on Saturday at the first auction of 2019 at the city's new fish market.

The 2019 auction was the first new year sale to take place at the new fish market in Toyosu, on the site of a former gas plant.

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However issues including concerns about outdated fire regulations and hygiene controls prompted the market to be moved to a larger and more modern site.

Japanese are the biggest consumers of the torpedo-shaped bluefin tuna, and surging consumption here and overseas has led to overfishing of the species.

"The celebration surrounding the annual Pacific bluefin auction hides how deeply in trouble this species really is", said Jamie Gibbon, associate manager for global tuna conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

But the Japanese government, together with other countries, is backing plans to rebuild Pacific bluefin stocks of the fish, which is now depleted by 96 percent from their pre-industrial levels.

However, Japan and other governments are backing plans to rebuild stocks back to 20% by 2034.

Tsukiji was one of Japan's top tourist attractions and was used by top sushi chefs and ordinary grocery stores alike. A few businesses stayed in Tsukiji but almost all of the 500-plus wholesalers and other businesses shifted to Toyosu.

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