Giant Bluefin Tuna Priciest Since 2001

A large tuna lies on a pallet at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Photograph: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty ImagesGreenTracker|A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) at auction in Japan today. The 513-pound bluefin tuna was the priciest since 2001.

Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of seafood, eating 80% of Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The recession has hit sushi consumption in Japan, causing consumers to shy away from bluefins.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in November slashed the quota for the 2010 catch by about one-third to 13,500 tons (12,250 metric tons) — a move criticized by environmentalists as not going far enough. via Guardian UK

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