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Tuna Fetches $100,000 at Auction
news.aol.com ^ | Monday 1/05/09

Posted on 01/05/2009 11:51:36 AM PST by JoeProBono

Two sushi bar owners fork over $104,700 for a 282-pound bluefin tuna at a Tokyo auction. That breaks down to $370 per pound, many times higher than the average of $25 per pound. Why so pricey? "It was the best tuna of the day, but the price shot up because of the shortage of domestic bluefin," which is attributed to bad weather, an official says.

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: fish; fishing; tuna

A Japanese bluefin tuna that fetched nearly 10 million yen at the year-opening auction is shown at Tokyo's Tsukiji market Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma and weighing 282.48 pounds (128.4 kilograms) was auctioned for 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna fetched an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said.

Giant bluefin tuna weighing 1,108 lbs. caught in 2001 off Prince Edward Sound

Sorry Charlie

1 posted on 01/05/2009 11:51:36 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 01/05/2009 11:55:54 AM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono

3 posted on 01/05/2009 11:55:56 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: theFIRMbss

We’re gonna need a bigger boat...


4 posted on 01/05/2009 11:59:14 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: JoeProBono

Tuna under pressure
Researchers blame “ubiquitous’ demand
By GREG WESTON
Sat. Jan 3 - 4:46 AM
Despite reduced quotas and strict protections, Canada’s Atlantic bluefin tuna stock faces depletion due to international mismanagement and demand for sushi meat from the prized fish, researchers say.

“There’s a sushi economy around the globe that’s evident in any North American supermarket or town. It’s ubiquitous,” says Barbara Block, a Stanford University professor of marine sciences who has studied bluefin tuna for 25 years.

Bluefins, which can weigh up to 675 kilograms and grow up to four metres in length, are a lucrative commodity on the international sushi market. In 2001, a 201-kilogram bluefin was sold at a Tokyo fish market for a record-breaking US$173,600. Despite growing sushi demand in countries like China and Russia, it is estimated that 75 per cent of bluefins caught globally are exported to Japan.

“You work out the per-pound price, and they’re worth their weight in gold, so it’s not surprising that there’s such intensive fishing pressure,” says Shana Miller, science and policy co-ordinator of Tag-A-Giant, a bluefin tuna research and policy foundation. “In the western Atlantic, it’s pretty well accepted that the population has declined by over 80 per cent in the last 30 years. In the eastern Atlantic, the decline isn’t as severe, but recent declines are just astronomical, in the order of 15 per cent per year, because fishing pressure has increased so much,” says Ms. Miller.


5 posted on 01/05/2009 12:00:46 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Tuna Fetches $100,000 at Auction

Okay, they're not tuna, but I'll bet they're expensive...

...and worth the price!

6 posted on 01/05/2009 12:02:18 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: theFIRMbss

LOL

Great minds think alike!


7 posted on 01/05/2009 12:02:33 PM PST by prismsinc (AIP works for ME!!!!)
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To: JoeProBono
More on this topic here
8 posted on 01/05/2009 12:02:51 PM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: JoeProBono

Does it have that great dolphin flavor I grew up with?


9 posted on 01/05/2009 12:04:37 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: Joiseydude
Sorry. Did a search - "fail".

Bluefin Tuna Cage

10 posted on 01/05/2009 12:07:40 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono

Always remember...you can lead a horse to water but you have to carry a tuna.


11 posted on 01/05/2009 12:09:08 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Snurple

12 posted on 01/05/2009 12:11:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Sorry. Did a search - "fail".

Yeah it happens, no problem.

13 posted on 01/05/2009 12:11:28 PM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: JoeProBono

Awwww they cage them? I only want FREE-RANGE tuna!


14 posted on 01/05/2009 12:12:43 PM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Snurple

15 posted on 01/05/2009 12:13:25 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono

lmao


16 posted on 01/05/2009 12:15:34 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: JoeProBono

The cheapest Sushi around these parts is at Lakeside Bait and Tackle......


17 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:48 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Today is just a little more special than yesterday.)
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To: JoeProBono

I have been to Tokyo and the market before and tuna goes for upwards towards this amount as it is. I was there in 2006 and they were saying they were auctioning around 80K USD. This didn’t make me flinch seeing the price I guess. Interesting that Tuna may be having some issues supply-wise though. If anyone goes to Tokyo the market at 5am is a sight to behold :) plus they have GREAT sushi bars and cool flea markets right there!


18 posted on 01/05/2009 12:20:28 PM PST by Lilpug15 (I'm Moving to Alaska...You can Keep THE CHANGE!)
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To: Mr. K

19 posted on 01/05/2009 12:22:36 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Just what is a domestic bluefin? One caught in your own national waters? Or do they have Bluefin farms?
20 posted on 01/05/2009 12:26:58 PM PST by BoneHead
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To: Hot Tabasco


21 posted on 01/05/2009 12:31:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: BoneHead
Yes and Yes.

Bluefin tuna farming expected to grow in '09

22 posted on 01/05/2009 12:42:18 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: Joiseydude
Maybe I should just toss this thread?

Tunarama: the Tuna Tossing Festival (Australia)

23 posted on 01/05/2009 1:04:52 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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24 posted on 01/05/2009 1:07:51 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: snarks_when_bored

Bless you, my son...


25 posted on 01/05/2009 1:14:14 PM PST by null and void (Amendment 28: Islam is not recognized as an establishment of religion in the United States.)
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To: dfwgator

Albacore Punishment?

26 posted on 01/05/2009 1:17:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono

“You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish”

REO Speedwagon


27 posted on 01/05/2009 1:27:09 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Control the information, you control the people.")
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To: JoeProBono

My Dad looking up at a 660 pound bluefin tuna he caught in 31 minutes. He gave it away.


28 posted on 01/05/2009 1:43:39 PM PST by cabojoe
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To: JoeProBono
Two sushi bar owners fork over $104,700 for a 282-pound bluefin tuna at a Tokyo auction. That breaks down to $370 per pound...

That proves it. Sushi is highly addictive and causes severe brain damage that compels sushi junkies to do anything for a raw fish fix. Time to put Bluefin on the schedule of controlled substances (alongside those toads that people lick).

29 posted on 01/05/2009 1:51:30 PM PST by ravinson
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To: EQAndyBuzz
“You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish”

Wanna bet?


30 posted on 01/05/2009 1:57:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: cabojoe

Gave it away? DAMN!!!!


31 posted on 01/05/2009 1:59:31 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: cabojoe


32 posted on 01/05/2009 2:04:01 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Domo Arigato!

That's some article.

Four farms started out selling about 800 fish, but in 2009, the cooperative plans to ship 4,000 fish and double that number in 2010.

Thats 5 x from inception and a projected doubling in 2010.

Then they start talking about the thousands of tons shipped anually the farming is only a small percentage.

Wow!

33 posted on 01/05/2009 2:10:55 PM PST by BoneHead
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To: JoeProBono

In that case, I’m selling my delicious thighs and buttocks. They are fresh, and if I do say so, extremely well shapoed!


34 posted on 01/05/2009 2:34:53 PM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: JoeProBono

In that case, I’m selling my delicious thighs and buttocks. They are fresh, and if I do say so, extremely well shaped!


35 posted on 01/05/2009 2:37:38 PM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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" I’m selling my delicious thighs and buttocks. They are fresh, and if I do say so, extremely well shaped!"

Nice pecs too


36 posted on 01/05/2009 2:54:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Lol, Big Tuna.


37 posted on 01/05/2010 2:50:53 PM PST by pcottraux (Go and get them, Grass Man!)
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38 posted on 01/05/2010 2:58:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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