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Giant Tuna Fetches $380K at Auction

How much would you pay for enough sushi to feed you and your friends for life? A giant bluefin tuna weighing over 750 pounds brought in 32.5 million yen, or about $380,000, at an auction in Tokyo on Tuesday. The first fish auction of the year is important in the Japanese fish trade, and this year's prize beat a 2001 record of a 20 million yen, or about $150,000. The colossal fish was bought by a seafood wholesaler and will make its way to high-end restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong. Japan fishes about 45,000 tons of tuna annually, though the fish is considered endangered and conservationists have made efforts to restrict trade.

January 5, 2011 1:51 AM