A row of yellowfin tuna at the Honolulu Fish Auction. Pieces of the tail are cut to expose the color of the fish. A core of flesh is also taken from the center of the tuna and placed on a white sheet of paper near the head. Buyers use these items to determine the quality of the fish.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
The United Fishing Agency runs the Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38. It is the only fresh ahi auction in the U.S.
Buyers checked the quality of ahi at United Fishing Agency’s Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38 on Friday. Generally, the redder the color and oilier the feel mean a higher quality of fish. After being tagged with the vessel’s name and weighed, the fish are taken into the warehouse on pallets and lined up where auction buyers representing wholesale, retail and restaurant sectors place their bids. It is the only fresh ahi auction in the U.S.