Viet Nam News
PHÚ YÊN — Seamen caught a bluefin tuna weighing 240kg in the sea off the Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago on Sunday.
Huỳnh Văn Quý, a seaman who was part of the fishing trip, said that after going out to the sea, the seamen caught more than 20 tunas, and on May 28, they caught the 240kg bluefin tuna.
It took the seamen three hours to take the bluefin tuna to the ship’s hold and put it into the frozen store. The ship then returned to land immediately. However, because of the southern wind, the ship could go at the speed of only two nautical miles per hours, so it took them more than five days and six nights to reach the land.
After receiving the information, many enterprises specialising in processing tuna asked the seamen to sell them the bluefin tuna. Thoại Khoa Enterprise from Tuy Hòa City in the central province of Phú Yên, paid VNĐ66 million (US$2,900) — three times higher than the market prices — for the bluefin tuna.
On June 3, Bền Vững Co Ltd, based in the central province of Khánh Hòa, bought the bluefin tuna from Thoại Khoa Enterprise to process it for export.
Barry Cohan, an expert from the Bền Vững Co Ltd, told the Công An TP HCM (HCM City Police) newspaper that bluefin tunas were often found in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean with an average weight of about 150kg each.
The fish could live for 40 years and dive at the depth of more than 1,200m, he said.
It was the biggest tuna Barry Cohan had ever seen. — VNS