The Yomiuri ShimbunSAPPORO — The season’s first batch of sauries, a fish called sanma in Japan, was traded at a record-high ¥500,000 per kilogram, or about ¥70,000 per fish, on Wednesday in an auction at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in Chuo Ward, Sapporo.
The price broke the previous record of ¥400,000 per kilogram marked last year. About 200 kilograms of sauries were unloaded Tuesday at the Port of Kushiro and transferred to the market.
“Sauries have been sold at high prices in recent years due to poor catches, but the price marked in the morning was just to celebrate the beginning of the sanma season,” said an intermediate wholesaler at the auction. “Sauries will grow bigger with more tasty fat after the middle of August and the price will come down afterward.” Speech