A Japanese sushi chef has paid a record $ 3.1 million (£ 2.5 million) for a giant tuna tuna first New Year's auction at the new fish market in Tokyo.
Self-proclaimed "Tuna King" Kiyoshi Kimura bought the 278 kg of bluefin tuna, which is an endangered species record of 1
Wholesalers and sushi company owners often pay high prices for the best fish at the first New Year's Auction before dawn.
"I bought a good tuna," Kimura said AFP after the auction.
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- The price was higher than originally thought, but I hope that our customers will eat this excellent tuna.
Mr. Kimura was the highest bidder at the New Year's auction for seven of the last eight years.
By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo
On a normal day, a fish of similar size would Selling some $ 60,000 today's record is partly status-based – and it creates a lot of publicity for Mr. Kimura and his sushi empire.
However, it's also a reflection of the scarcity of the great Pacific bluefin tuna listed as endangered species.
Catches off the coast of Japan have dropped significantly in 2018, and prices in Tokyo have risen more than 40% since the middle of last year.
The 2019 auction is the first New Year's sale, New fish market on the site of a former gas plant in Toyosu, which was opened in October.
The former site of Tsukiji opened in 1935 and became the largest fish market in the world and a popular tourist attraction.
However, issues such as concerns about outdated fire safety regulations and sanitary controls have turned the market into a larger and more modern market
Red tuna is considered an endangered species by the World Wildlife Fund.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Red List of Endangered Species in Nature, Atlantic Bluefin are at risk, while the Pacific Bluefin is vulnerable.
Last month, Japan announced that commercial whaling should resume.
The country said it would withdraw the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned commercial whaling in 1986 after some species were nearly extinct.
Protective groups warned of serious consequences of the move.