There has always been a great hype in the East when it came to the big Tuna fish and, more so, in Oma’s coastal city, Aomori Prefecture. The Tuna caught in 2001, off the same shore, fetched a hefty 20.2 million yen. But a Bluefin Tuna weighing 128.4 kilograms hit an all-time high of 9.63 million yen ($1,00,000) on Monday at the first auction of the New Year on the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji market. A drop in shipments of the gourmet fishes from Oma made the buyers vie for the prices’ bidding.
A Hong Kong Sushi bar owner purchased the premium fish in cooperation with an upscale Sushi restaurateur from Ginza, Tokyo’s luxury shopping district. Tuna’s demand has risen a considerable high partly due to the catch controls, especially the International Commission for Conservation for Atlantic Tunas.