This Atlantic Bluefin tuna went around looking to snack on salmon. Little did it know that it would end up becoming a snack itself.
Where did it come from?
The 233 kg Bluefin broke through the netting of an offshore fish farm in Norway’s Trondelag region. It was observed at a 7-meter depth in the harvest cage, and was captured by the fishermen. It is now resting on ice, after a restaurant paid 75,000 kroner for it.
The Bluefin tuna’s market value isn’t really that high. But after its capture and subsequent sale, the Norwegian ministry spoke positively about it. They are expecting more such profitable captures for the fishermen. This comes as good news, especially since Norway had banned fishing of this type of tuna from 2007-2014. The stock seems to be gradually recovering, and tuna fishing has started again. But some are worried that this means the Bluefins are just trying to escape the high seas around Norway, which can be very dangerous. Despite this sale, local fishermen are not too keen on fishing for this species. They see very little value in it.
Among the World’s Most Expensive Fishes
Before this, the world’s most expensive fish sale was in 2012, when a 489-pounder was sold for $735,000 in Tokyo. Japan is the biggest market for the Bluefin, since it is widely used in sushi and sashimi dishes across the country. The puffer fish (fugu) is the second most expensive fish in the world, and can only be prepared by a specially trained chef. The swordfish, yellowfin tuna, and wild king salmon are among the other most expensive fishes in the world.