Bluefin tuna sells for over £1m

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A bluefin tuna has sold at a wholesale fish market in Tokyo for a record price of 155.4 million yen (around £1,058,760).

The 222kg fish was auctioned at Tsukiji market at the weekend and fetched almost three times the previous record set last year.

The tuna was bought by Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushi-Zanmai chain of restaurants. Tiny slices of fatty bluefin can fetch as much as 2000 yen/£14.77 each at some upmarket Tokyo sushi bars. Mr Kimura also set last year's record of 56.4 million yen/£397,400 at the auction.

News of his expensive purchase comes amid warnings from environmentalists who say that stocks of bluefin tuna have seen a steep decline over the past 15 years due to overfishing.

Japan consumes up to 80% of the bluefin tuna caught - and much of the global catch is shipped there.

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