A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

"The first catch" - The first Bluefin tuna catch of the year at Hentona fishing port in Kunigami village on January 27.


January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The first Bluefin tuna for this year was landed at Hentona fishing port on January 27. The welcomed “first catch” thrilled the people at the port.

Tsuyoshi Machida, 38-year-old fisherman, sailed out to the sea off Iheya on the 24th. In the gray of the next morning, Machida won a one-hour battle with the big fish of 2.3 meters in length and 220 kilograms in weight. Machida said, smiling, “I got lucky. I’m very happy.”

The prime time for catching the treasured Bluefin tuna, also known as “Black Diamond,” is around March, but not common at this time of the year. Forty-nine-year old distributor, Tsutomu Majikina said, “This fish is fattened, so we can expect the price to be high.”

The tuna is being put up for auction at Tsukiji, Tokyo. Machida said, “I want many people to eat the delicious tuna.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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