A giant bluefin tuna weighing in at 342 kg was captured in the isalnd of Hokkaido, Japan. The fish was auctioned at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market and sold for a record amount of Y20.3 million (more than $300,000).
The winning bidder was a wholesaler, who is expected to sell the giant bluefin tuna to sushi restaurants.
For Japan’s fishing industry, the first sale at the beginning of the year is considered to be an important day. The giant bluefin tuna auction broke a previous record set in January, 2001.