Bluefin tuna goes for $3M at first Tokyo sale of ’19

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - News -

A 612-pound bluefin tuna sold for a record $3 mil­lion at the first auc­tion of 2019, af­ter Tokyo’s famed Tsuk­iji mar­ket was moved to a new site on the city’s wa­ter­front.

The win­ning bid for the prized but threat­ened species at the predawn auc­tion Satur­day was more than dou­ble the 2013 an­nual New Year auc­tion. It was paid by Kiy­omura Corp., whose owner, Kiyoshi Kimura, runs the Sushi Zan­mai chain.

A beam­ing Kimura said he was sur­prised by the high price of tuna this year, but he added, “The qual­ity of the tuna I bought is the best.”

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