Our 63kg Bluefin Tuna Delivery
The thrill of the ocean was certainly calling early Monday 17th October – 6:30am to be exact – as Nathan’s phone rang with our local fish merchant, George Cleave, delivering some very exciting news about a significant catch in Newlyn…
George called Nathan to let me him know that kipper Adam, aboard the ‘Prospector,’ a nimble vessel measuring just under 10 meters, had hooked an impressive 63kg bluefin tuna using a rod and lure, and asked whether Nathan would be interested in taking in this impressive catch.
The ‘Prospector’ has recently secured its coveted license for sustainable bluefin fishing, and this was only their second voyage since obtaining it. While bluefin tuna sightings are becoming more frequent in Cornish waters, only a handful of vessels have the privilege of landing them. Strict guidelines are in place to safeguard against overfishing and maintain the vitality of the marine ecosystem, with the MMO diligently overseeing and documenting the catches before giving the signal to bring them ashore.
To maintain the highest quality of the catch, the bluefin tuna has to be handled with utmost care immediately upon capture, a process involving gilling, gutting, filling the cavity with ice, placing it in a specially designed holdall, and topping up the bag with additional ice before sealing it up ready for delivery.