In 2019, a 277kg Bluefin Tuna sold for a whopping $3 million at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Now, while that’s not your average sale price, it gives you an idea of the type of delicacy we’re talking about.
For many people, it can be hard to understand Bluefin Tuna prices, when you can buy a can of tuna from the supermarket for a dollar or two.
So, why is Bluefin Tuna so expensive?
Revered for its rich colour, decadent flavour and exquisite texture, Southern Bluefin Tuna is sought after by chefs and foodies around the world.
Known for storing layers of fat throughout its muscles, much like Wagyu beef, Southern Bluefin Tuna has deep red flesh and a marbled texture.
This high-fat content is what creates the melt-in-your-mouth experience when enjoying this delicacy, and truly adds to the dining experience.
Used predominantly for sushi and sashimi, the three premium cuts of the Southern Bluefin Tuna are known by the traditional Japanese terms otoro, akami and chutoro.
Otoro is from the belly, or underside, of the fish and has the highest fat content — otoro translates to ‘big fat’. Because of this fattiness, the otoro falls apart easily.
The akami is the largest part of the fish, covering the top loin, shoulder and tail. It is meatier in texture and brighter in colour.
Chutoro refers to the small fillet that sits between the otoro and the akami. It is a combination of the two, with both a meaty and fatty texture.
But it’s not just the dining delight that makes this tuna varietal so prized. Southern Bluefin Tuna has become an increasingly valuable commodity because of its limited availability. Not only is the fishing season relatively short, but the strict quota limits on fisheries keep stock in short supply so as to assure sustainability.
At Dinko Seafoods, we’ve been farming Southern Bluefin Tuna from the beautiful Eyre Peninsula on the coast of South Australia since 1992.
Our founder, Dinko Lukin, was a true pioneer in the industry, dedicated to ensuring a sustainable supply of Bluefin Tuna for future generations.
We are committed to following strict industry quotas to keep tuna stock levels healthy.
At every stage of the tuna fishing process, we adhere to environmental best practices. From the time we head out in our fishing vessels to when we process the tuna at our state-of-the-art facility, quality and safety are paramount.
We want everyone to enjoy the Southern Bluefin Tuna dining experience, and that’s why we sell wholesale Bluefin Tuna direct to customers worldwide.
When you buy our sashimi-grade, Australian-farmed Bluefin Tuna direct from us, you’re not just guaranteed the quality and flavour but also a deep commitment to sustainability.
We cut out the middleman and save you time and money.
Bluefin Tuna is a luxury experience everyone should try. Source it from a sustainable company like Dinko Seafoods, and you can enjoy it with peace of mind.
To maintain the quality and freshness of our products, all Dinko Seafood products are stored in our vacuum-sealed cryovac bags, then packed and transported in styrofoam eskies at -60 degrees celsius.
While we sell Dinko Seafood products at wholesale prices, small orders can become expensive when these specialised transport costs are added. To enjoy better value for money, we recommend placing orders of 5kg or more.
Once you place an order, we’ll pack it and ship it on the first available flight (if required). Generally, your order will be delivered within 3-5 days of purchase.