The bluefin tuna is an animal in a constantly migrating around the great seas and vast oceans of the world, but there are two places where bluefin tuna can be found throughout the year. One is in Spain and the other in Japan.
These two places 15,000km appart, due to their geographical specifications are perfect for bluefin tuna and they don´t need to migrate. Strong currents, perfect temperature and abundant food. One is the Tsugaru Strait, between the island of Hokaido and Japan´s main island, 19km away and 200m deep. The other is the Strait of Gibraltar, between Spain and Morocco, with a distance of 14km and a 900m deep. Observing these two places on a map, the similarity between the two is surprising. Both have a wide gulf, both have a small island in their neighboring cities, Tarifa in that of Gibraltar, and Ōma in that of Tsugaru.
The bluefin tuna from the Tsugaru Strait is the most valued among experts, known as Hon-maguro and they hold the world record for the most expensive bluefin tuna ever sold, at a stagaring price of 2.7 million euros in have broken sain 2019 for . But communication and marketing strategies aside, the truth is that both Ōma and Tarifa are two cities united by the tradition of bluefin tuna fishing like no other in the world. At JC Mackintosh we recognize and appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a special place and to work with a product so valued for its low back or white back, high back or black back and other parts of the animal. That is why we have Ōma as a benchmark for good work and we have traveled there to learn from the best how to do things well so that, as with Ōma bluefin tuna, the most valued bluefin tuna in Europe is bluefin tuna. Wild of Tarifa. This would guarantee the success manifested in two precious results, on the one hand a richer economy in the area and on the other hand the perpetuity of the species. Both aspects are difficult to achieve but very easy to destroy, as we have already seen in the recent disappearance of the voracious, a breed of the bream family and endemic to the area.