Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

Captain Norio Iju (left) and his big Pacific bluefin tuna catch, on March 4, at Gima fishing port.

March 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Morinaga

On March 4, the captain of the Daisan Ryutoku Maru, Norio Iju, caught the biggest Pacific bluefin tuna fish to be landed on Kume Island this fishing season. The fish weighed 214 kilograms and was 2.5 meters long. The captain’s family and residents welcomed his boat at Gima fishing port, and celebrated the big catch.

The captain said, “This is a very good start for me this season.” This year’s pacific bluefin fishing season will continue until the end of June.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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