Written by Adrianne Madden
Tuesday, 06 January 2009
Nothing says Happy New Year quite like earning more than $100,000 for a bluefin tuna.
Certainly the fishermen who landed the 282-pound Japanese bluefin would agree. According to an Associated Press report, on Monday, two sushi bar owners plunked down 9.63 million yen — $104,700 — at the Tokyo fish auction for the privilege of purchasing the prized tuna.
That's the most a bluefin has fetched at the Tokyo auction since 2001 when another Japanese bluefin commanded a record 20 million yen, which translates into approximately $214,000.
According to the article, tuna typically sells for $25 a pound at the Tokyo auction; Monday's bluefin went for $370 a pound.
Happy New Year, indeed! May American fishermen be so blessed as to reap big bucks for their catch in 2009.
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