Prices soar at first saury auction

JIJI

Bidders pushed up saury prices at this year’s first auction in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market Tuesday amid unusually short supplies, sending the price of large saury to more than ¥1,500.

Prices were three to four times higher than usual because the first shipment from Hokkaido was only 300 kg, significantly smaller than last year’s 15 tons.

The saury were mostly from the eastern Hokkaido cities of Nemuro and Kushiro on the Pacific Ocean.

“Saury shoals were smaller this year,” a local fishery industry source said.

Given the limited supplies, the wholesale price of 170-gram saury fetched ¥1,530, while popular 130- to 140-gram fish were traded between ¥530 and ¥1,000.