Farmed tuna die in wake of typhoon

Around 11,000 farmed bluefin tuna died off the coast of the Pacific coastal town of Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, after a powerful typhoon made landfall in western Japan earlier this month and wreaked havoc throughout a large chunk of the region, the prefectural government announced Friday.

The loss of the bluefin tuna — a pricey delicacy served as sushi — cost growers almost ¥1.3 billion, according to the local government. The town also suffered ¥300 million in damage to aquaculture facilities.

Typhoon Nangka landed in Kochi Prefecture, west of Wakayama, on the night of July 16 and slowly moved northward before turning into a tropical depression in the early hours of July 18.

The Wakayama government estimates prefecturewide damage to the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries came to almost ¥2.4 billion.

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