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Friday, 7th January 2011
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Tuna costs 254,000 in Japan

A bluefin tuna sold for a record £254,000 at the world's largest fish market.

Weighing 342 kg, the fish was purchased by two sushi restaurants based in Tokyo and Hong Kong, who are expected to divide the giant fish between them.

Ricky Cheng, owner of the Hong Kong restaurant Itamae Sushi which formed half of the winning bid, said: "I was nervous when I arrived in Tokyo yesterday but I am relieved now.

"Good tuna is really selling to people in Hong Kong and China and this is a really good fish."

A total of 538 tuna were sold at the auction, with Japan currently the world's largest consumer of seafood and responsible for the eating of 80 per cent of all bluefin tuna caught in Atlantic and Pacific waters.

Market spokesman Yutaka Hasegawa added that although the fish was large, the auction house was still surprised by the eventual price.

Last month, a number of nations, including Japan, agreed to reduce their fishing of young bluefin tuna.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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