When a massive bluefin tuna sold in 2019 for a record-breaking $3.1 million at Tokyo’s then brand-new Toyosu fish market, it brought renewed attention to how extraordinarily valuable bluefin is. And renewed questions about the species’ survival.

The prized fish, which is a delicacy at sushi restaurants around the world, can cost diners anywhere from $10 to $200 per piece. High demand for bluefin tuna has led to a long history of overfishing and dangerously low numbers.

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