Most valuable fish
Last updated: January 5, 2019 at 16:20 pm
The bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) can measure up to 3 m (10 ft) in length weigh more than 278 kg (612 lbs). On January 4, 2019, a single 222-kg (489 lbs) bluefin, which is an endangered species, was sold for 333.6 million yen, or 3.1 million dollars, at Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market. It breaks down to about $11,150 per kilogram, or about $5,065 a pound. The value of the endangered bluefin tuna is so high that U.N. experts believe that Italian and Russian organized crime are now involved in the fish trade. The tuna, which was caught off the coast of northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture, was purchased by Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Sushi Zanmai, a major sushi restaurant chain.
PREVIOUS RECORD: 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.
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 sushi tycoon pays record tuna price”. BBC News. January 5, 2019
“Japan bluefin tuna fetches record $1.7m”. BBC News. January 5, 2013
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