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pefjr
01-05-2010, 03:35 PM
I was planning a trip to the seafood market for tuna for sushi but I can't afford this.

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Giant tuna fetches $177,000 at Japan fish auction

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By SHINO YUASA, Associated Press Writer Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 5, 6:28 am ET
TOKYO A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auction Tuesday at the world's largest wholesale fish market in Japan.
The 513-pound (233-kilogram) fish was the priciest since 2001 when a 440-pound (200 kilogram) tuna sold for a record 20.2 million yen ($220,000) at Tokyo's Tsukiji market.
The gargantuan tuna was bought and shared by the owners of two Japanese sushi restaurants and one Hong Kong-based sushi establishment, said a market representative on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information.
Caught off the coast of northern Japan, the big tuna was among 570 put up for auction Tuesday. About 40 percent of the auctioned fish came from abroad, including from Indonesia and Mexico, the representative said.
Japan is the world's biggest consumer of seafood with Japanese eating 80 percent of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The two tuna species are the most sought after by sushi lovers.
However, tuna consumption in Japan has declined because of a prolonged economic slump as the world's second-largest economy struggles to shake off its worst recession since World War II.
"Consumers are shying away from eating tuna ... We are very worried about the trend," the market representative said.
Apart from falling demand for tuna, wholesalers are worried about growing calls for tighter fishing rules amid declining tuna stocks.
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.

Phillip Allen
01-05-2010, 09:11 PM
how do they get their money back? pretty expensive eating?

The Bigfella
01-05-2010, 09:19 PM
how do they get their money back? pretty expensive eating?

Publicity. Besides, its a tax deduction.

Captain Blight
01-05-2010, 09:21 PM
Oh yeah, otoro nagiri-sushi goes for about $40 a pop. That's for a bullet of rice, a whisper-thin slice of the best-tasting fish you'll ever have, and maybe a smidgin of wasabi, maybe a smoked nori wrap but probably not.

Sushi's kind of a big deal, among foodies. It's not just bluegills on the picnic table with a pocket knife; I believe the traditional Japanese sushi-cook apprenticeship is like 8 years long.

Phillip Allen
01-05-2010, 09:27 PM
sounds silly to me

seanz
01-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Stop it.













:)

Phillip Allen
01-05-2010, 09:37 PM
stop what?

Steve Paskey
01-05-2010, 09:39 PM
It's even more than $345 a pound. The fish weighed 513 pounds, but that includes bones, guts, head, scales, etc. Does anyone here have a ballpark idea as to how many pounds of sushi-grade tuna you would actually get from a fish that size?

seanz
01-05-2010, 09:43 PM
stop what?

Don't pretend like you don't know.............:p

Phillip Allen
01-05-2010, 09:43 PM
well, I hate to see it because it means the pilliging of the oceans

Phillip Allen
01-05-2010, 09:44 PM
Don't pretend like you don't know.............:p

I don't...really!

saying the price of fish is silly?

Captain Blight
01-05-2010, 09:47 PM
It's even more than $345 a pound. The fish weighed 513 pounds, but that includes bones, guts, head, scales, etc. Does anyone here have a ballpark idea as to how many pounds of sushi-grade tuna you would actually get from a fish that size?Yield from a medium-sized (20-30 pounds) fish with guts and gills removed but bones in and skin on will generally be in the 80-85% range. I'd be very surprised if they get more than 300 pounds of usable flesh from that fish. The prime eating is the belly meat, it's quite fatty and flavorful and tender. It's also astronomically expensive, on a price-per-gram basis about on a par with good blow.

pefjr
01-05-2010, 10:01 PM
A whole fish yields 40% filleted and skinned with belly cut off. A $4 lb whole fish cost $10lb filleted. I think I will pass on the blue fin tuna sushi.

brad9798
01-07-2010, 12:19 AM
Blue fin IS the best, though ... really, it is.

That good ahi ... seared for about 30 seconds per side is the BEST!!!

LOVE it!

:)

The Bigfella
01-07-2010, 01:45 AM
I've only ever seen one school of Tuna whilst out fishing. A school of Yellow Fin, off South West Rocks. I had two lures out, but got the tuna equivalent of buck fever and cut too close in to them and scared them down deep.

They were an absolutely amazing sight.... a whole school of fish with their large yellow fins breaking the surface whilst travelling at ungodly speed... maybe 30 knots?

I caught a small Tuna another time... right in the entrance to Sydney Harbour - he was a tiddler, a bit over a foot long - legal, but too small to keep given their potential, so I was unhooking him and managed to get the lure through my finger. Ouch.

brad9798
01-07-2010, 08:06 PM
I got caught in a school of Yellow Fins off the cost of Mexico ...

Wife was on a raft ... I was just dangling ...

THOUSANDS of fish swam basically through me ... bruised, scraped, cut ... thank goodness the predators following them didn't pick up on my blood in the water.

That happened on our honeymoon in October of 1992.

Still freaks me out to think about ... as predators WERE following them ... I saw them. :eek: