Bluefin Tuna: A Million-Dollar Catch

There’s plenty of fish in the sea, they say.

Photo Credit:  Toru Hanai//Reuters

Photo Credit: Toru Hanai//Reuters

“They” were clearly not referring to bluefin tuna, which has become quite a rare catch in the restaurant – specifically, sushi – industry. A million dollar catch, at that. In Japan, at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, it’s become an annual tradition to offer up the head of a bluefin tuna at an astronomical price. The prized possession has been nabbed by restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura for the past few years – in 2013 (at 489 pounds), for a grand $1.76 million, and this year, for a mere $70K. With such sensationalism surrounding this event each year, we can't help but wonder: what does this mean for not only the fishing industry, but restaurants that deal with this type of competition for the best of the best in fare? Read More