US bluefin tuna industry
The United States bluefin tuna industry was a major part of the nation's economy during the late 1980s until the early 1990s when its biggest customer, Japan, experienced a failure in economy. The Japanese imported the bluefin tuna for their sushi business that boomed with the amount imported increasing from 531 metric tons in 1984 to 857 metric tons from the US in the year 1993. The price of the bluefin tuna was $34 per kilogram average for wholesale prices. The US bluefin tuna industry was able to recover from the economic damage by the help of Americans' new taste for sushi.
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