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article imageBluefin tuna sells for $1.76 million at Tokyo fish auction

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 5, 2013 in World
Tokyo - A bluefin tuna, weighing in at 489-pounds, has sold for a record price of $1.76 million at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market auction.
The first Tsukiji fish auction of the year saw a record price paid for the enormous bluefin tuna, the most valuable fish in the world.
The New York Times reported the 489-pound (220kg) fish was lighter than the almost 600-pound bluefin which set the previous record for the most expensive fish last January, also at the Tsukiji auction. Last year's prize fish sold for $736,000.
The fish was purchased by sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura. According to the BBC he admitted the price was "a bit high" but wanted to "encourage Japan." He also said "I wanted to live up to the expectations of my clients."
Conservationists fear bluefin tuna is being fished to extinction, with a global decline in bluefin stock. Nevertheless the fish remains the most popular choice of sushi connoisseurs.
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