BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An unusual spike of yellowfin tuna have Big Island fisherman hauling in large amounts of ahi, creating a big drop in poke and sashimi prices.
Ahi species are amongst the most commercially valuable fish in the world, and don't typically bite this time of year, but that has unexpectedly changed in the past week.
The Hilo fish market has been buying up to three times the amount of ahi, and the influx has driven ahi prices down to $6.99 a pound, with sashimi and poke prices set to be $7.99 a pound.
The average price for ahi for this time of year are usually around $15 a pound for poke, and $20 a pound for sashimi.
The hot spot for fisherman appears to be off Pohoiki where boats are coming back with hundreds, and up to thousands of pounds of yellowfin tuna.
While the reason for the big spike is unclear, fisherman speculate that ocean currants are bringing bait that ahi feed on closer to the Hawaiian islands.