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• The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced today that United Supermarkets has become the first all-Texas grocery chain to obtain MSC Chain of Custody certification. United will immediately begin providing its guests with fresh and frozen seafood  products bearing the blue MSC “ecolabel,” assuring chefs and consumers the seafood is certified as sustainable and can be traced back to the MSC-certified fishery of its origin.

• The Associated Press reports that “a bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, Thursday in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. The price for the 593-pound (269-kilogram) tuna beat last year's record of 32.49 million yen.”

The story notes that “bluefin tuna is prized for its tender red meat. The best slices of fatty bluefin — called ‘o-toro’ here — can sell for 2,000 yen ($24) per piece at tony Tokyo sushi bars.”

No word about the one that got away...
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