Fish Friday: World’s most expensive fish caught in Norway trying to eat farmed salmon

Written by on August 30, 2019 in Critter MIA, Rare Critters - No comments

A giant Atlantic bluefin tuna, a highly-coveted fish in the Japanese market, was caught after breaking through the netting of a salmon farm in Norway.

At 514-pounds, the fish, which can fetch prices as high as $64 a pound, was spotted on camera after getting into one of the cages.

On Tuesday afternoon, the company Lerøy Midt discovered a breakage in its netting, according to a statement.

On Tuesday, August 27, a mackerel fly of 233 kilos (514 pounds) was found floating at about seven meters deep in one of the cages on the company’s feeding camera.

Divers were called in to check the damage to the cage and repair the hole of about 0.5 meters in the note.

The Directorate of Fisheries has prepared guidelines for catching and possible killing in such cases and these were followed by the company.

The fish invader, at 233 kilos, was noshing on salmon which were just one kilogram in the cage.

Bloomberg News noted that the giant fish might have ended up in the fish farm because the open seas off Norway are becoming increasingly crowded with fishermen. Norway is once again picking up catching tuna after a gradual recovery in the stock since overfishing in the 1950s and 1960s.
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