Bluefin Tuna Cutting Show at Tensuke Market
• The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Cutting Demonstration was
held at Tensuke Market in Elk Grove on October 6, and a big crowd gathered
to watch the show. A 400-pound-bluefin tuna that was caught offshore of
Boston, MA was then brought to the store by a refrigerator truck, not
by a freezer one.
• Takashi Sugiyama, former President of Tensuke Market,
who has been in the tuna purchasing business since the 1970s, said that
the fat content of bluefin tuna was very good and delicious in October.
• Schools of bluefin tuna move again to the south, and fatty, big tunas are caught around North Carolina in November and December. When January comes, the schools get into the Gulf of Mexico. If a catch limit is still open, big tuna would be caught. Around March, their spawning starts and their fat content decreases.
• Sugiyama said, “If you go tuna fishing as leisure,
July is the best because ocean is calm. So you can really enjoy fishing.
Ocean gradually becomes rough in August and stormy in October. Temperature
is very cold, and you are shivering even in winter clothing.”
People gather around the tuna cutting table and take photos.
Takashi Sugiyama, former President of Tensuke Market