It might seem strange that Aquaoptima, a Norwegian company (www.aquaoptima.com) is assisting with the technology for farming the famous fugu – the deadly puffer fish of Japan. The attraction of farming fugu is obvious, according to a report on fugu by the Trade and Environment Database (TED).
Fugu is one of the most expensive foods in Japan. A single fish can bring $50 to $140. Cut up and served in a restaurant, it can bring $200. Yet fugu was increasingly popular. Each winter for 1982 and 1983, for example, has brought 40 million dollars in fugu sales at the small Haedomari Market in Shimonoseki, Japan’s “fugu city”.