May 8, 2013 |
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local fishermen. It was August 2011, five months since a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami had struck in Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Madigan couldn't stop thinking about pictures he'd seen on TV of Japanese emergency crews dumping radioactive water from the failing reactors into the Pacific Ocean.
January 7, 2013 |
Sensible business strategy wasn't really top of mind for Tokyo sushi chain Kiyomura K.K. when it shelled out $1.76 million this weekend for a single 489-pound bluefin tuna. The company dropped a record 155.4 million yen for the honor of buying the first fish up for auction at the famed Japanese seafood mart Tsukiji Market. The Saturday bid was nearly three times the 56.49 million yen high set by Kiyomura last year, according to market data . The chain snatched the record set in 2011 by a Hong Kong bidder.
July 9, 2012 |
By 2018, the salmon fillet or sushi on your plate more likely than not will have originated from a fish farm rather than from the wild, according to the United Nations' food agency. Output from fisheries and aquaculture is expected to soar 33% over the next decade, reaching 172 million tons in 2021, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation. The group refers to crustaceans, amphibians, aquatic reptiles, sea urchins, jellyfish and more as fish. That's a 12% increase from the 154 million tons produced last year.
June 25, 2012 |
For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster last year, seafood caught off the Fukushima coastline is being sold in local markets to test customer demand. On Monday, two types of octopus and one variety of marine snail deemed clear of radioactive cesium were on sale, often at deep discounts, according to the Fukushima Prefecture fishing cooperative. Contamination worries still persist concerning fish, which aren't yet ready for consumption, according to Japanese media reports.
May 28, 2012 |
Pacific bluefin tuna carried radioactivity from Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster all the way across the ocean to the shores of California, scientists reported Monday. They didn't bring much - the levels were far lower than, for instance, levels of naturally occurring potassium 40 that have existed in the ocean for centuries - but the radioactivity was enough to survive the fishes' migration east to North America from the Western Pacific, which they undertake when they're around a year old, said doctoral student Daniel Madigan, who studies the migration patterns of tuna at Stanford University.
January 5, 2012 |
With $736,000, some people would buy a helicopter. Or a small Beverly Hills home. Or 150 Rolex watches. But with his six figures, Kiyoshi Kimura picked up a single frozen tuna. Specifically, a 593-pound bluefin sold during the first auction of the year at Japan's Tsukiji fish market, which will go to feed customers at Kimura's Tokyo-based Sushi-Zanmai sushi chain, according to the Associated Press. The price busted past Tsukiji's record of $421,000, paid last year by a Hong Kong bidder.