Most valuable fish
Last updated: October 15, 2017 at 15:21 pm
The bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) can measure up to 3 m (10 ft) in length weigh more than 635 kg (1,400 lbs). On January 5, 2013, a single 222-kg (489 lbs) bluefin was sold for 155.4 million yen, or 1.76 million dollars, at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. It breaks down to about $8,000 per kilogram, or about $3,600 a pound. The value of the bluefin tuna is so high that U.N. experts believe that Italian and Russian organized crime are now involved in the fish trade.
Beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) – In 1924, a single sturgeon weighing 1,227 kg (2,706 lbs) from the Tikhaya Sosna River produced 245 kg (540 lbs) of caviar. In 2005, the price for beluga caviar could fetch $3,000 per kilogram, putting the value of the 1924 fish at over $700,000.
“Japan bluefin tuna fetches record $1.7m”. BBC News. January 5, 2013
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.