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Japan's bluefin tuna haul climbs to 8-year high

Unsold bluefin tuna mount at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

TOKYO -- Japanese trawlers in June caught bluefin tuna in quantities not seen for years, driving down prices for the delicacy and fueling sales promotions at retailers.

Fishers across Japan delivered 684 tons of fresh bluefin tuna to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market last month, up 8% from a year earlier and the most since June 2008. Wholesale prices at times during June were roughly 30% cheaper than a year ago. Many bluefin tuna traded for around 1,000 yen ($9.76) per kilogram, or about half the average going rate a year prior.

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