A monster bluefin tuna has sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year's first auction at Japan's Tsukiji fish market, nearly three times the previous high set last year.
The 488-pound fish, caught off Japan's northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of about $1.8 million (155.4 million yen), said an official at the Tokyo fish market.
The figure dwarfs the previous high of $638,905 (56.49 million yen) paid at last year's inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.