A giant bluefin tuna fetched $177,000 in an auction Tuesday at the world’s largest wholesale fish market in Japan.
The 513-pound fish was the priciest since 2001 when a 440-pound tuna sold for a record $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.
Caught off the coast of northern Japan, the big tuna was among 570 put up for auction Tuesday.
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 there has declined.