Kiyomura Co's President Kiyoshi Kimura (C), who runs a chain of sushi restaurants Sushi Zanmai, poses with a 212 kg (467 lbs) bluefin tuna at his sushi restaurant outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan, January 5, 2017. Kimura won the bid for the tuna caught off Oma, Aomori prefecture, northern Japan, with a 74 million yen (633,000 USD) at the fish market's first tuna auction this year.
Kimura bought the most expensive tuna for the sixth consecutive year during the annual auction held in the Tsukiji Fish Market.
The winning bid for the first tuna on the market past year was just 14 million yen. According to local sources, the ginormous blue tuna was sold to a major restaurant chain known as Sushi Zanmai.
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission tightened worldwide limits in 2015 as the species remained under threat, halving the catch of bluefin tuna under 30 kilograms (66 pounds) from the average caught between 2002 and 2004.
Pew and a dozen other environmental groups have called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing of the species.
The New Year's tuna auction in 2016 was expected to be the last at the Tsukiji market.
It was supposed to be relocated last November to make way for a road needed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but was delayed due to environmental concerns.
Records for the year's first tuna auction started in 1999.