A king-sized northern bluefin tuna caught 80 kilometres off the coast of Coffs Harbour has broken rods and records as the biggest fish ever sold at Sydney Fish Market.
Weighing in at a hefty 271kg, it was first taken to the Gold Coast by a longliner vessel known as Claudarah, where it was put on ice before being hauled to Pyrmont during the early hours of Tuesday.
According to the Sydney Fish Market, the marine specimen in question is apparently four times the average size of your regular northern bluefin tunas at full maturation.
“Sydney Fish Market has confirmed the normal size range of northern blue fin tuna is between 50kg and 60kg,” explains a spokesperson.
To the victor goes the spoils of war, and this particular spoil was eventually snapped up by a single retailer, Claudio’s Seafoods – an iconic establishment which has built its reputation on quality produce. Manager Tony Tsiklas has noted the bluefin tuna is the biggest he’s encountered in his 35 years working the seafood business.
“They are great eating… beautiful,” says Tsiklas.
“Now that’s a big fish,” writes Sydney Fish Market in a Facebook post.
“Check out this huge 271kg Northern Bluefin Tuna spotted at the market this morning! This was caught by one of our suppliers, a longliner vessel working off Coffs Harbour called Claudarah.”
A similar northern bluefin tuna was sold last year in Japan for a staggering $2.6 million. Claudio’s Seafoods, on the other hand, will reportedly sell the record-breaking 271kg bluefin tuna for just $65 per kilo.