The Price of Tuna

Demand causes the price of fish to rise. Some countries, Japan in particular, have consumers who are prepared to pay top dollar for their fish. Almost a third of the world’s tuna catch is eaten by Japanese diners.

The main fish market in Tokyo, Japan is called Tusukiji. In 2009 one blue fin tuna, which was caught off the coast of Japan, was sold for a staggering price. The tuna weighed 114 kilograms [250 pounds] and fetched the figure of 20 million yen or $174,000.

From this type of transaction it is easy to see how prices in some Japanese restaurants are very high. A plate of sushi can be as much as $100. Tuna is regarded as a delicacy and is much loved in Japan.

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