TOKYO — Local media reports has said that an 892-pound (405 kilogram) bluefin tuna has been sold for 36.5 million yen or $320,000 in what may really be Tsukiji market’s last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo.
The winning bid on Friday for the prized but threatened species was well below the record 155.4 million yen bid at 2013’s annual New Year auction. This year’s top per kilogram price, for a smaller tuna, was $1,419 per kilogram, compared with about $7,930 per kilogram for the 2013 record-setting auction price.
Last year’s New Year auction was supposed to be the last at Tsukiji’s current location, as was the New Year auction the year before. The market’s shift to a new facility on a former gas plant site on Tokyo Bay has been repeatedly delayed. /kga