Rare bluefin sells for $1.8 million

Illustrated by Perry Shirley.

By John Upton

Couple quick facts about Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish that’s sold as sushi, mostly in Japan:

1. A 490-pound specimen caught off northeastern Japan sold during a fish market auction for ¥155 million. That’s nearly $US1.8 million. For a single fish. The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president a sushi restaurant chain, broke the record for the highest price paid for a single bluefin tuna. Kimura set the previous record of ¥65 million one year earlier. Read all about it.

2. The Pacific bluefin population has plummeted 96.4 percent because of decades of overfishing, scientists reported in a recent stock assessment. Pew Environment Group’s Amanda Nickson warned that the species “is in danger of all but disappearing.”

So get your bluefin sushi on while you can. Or don’t.