A 367-kilo tuna for more than 5,000 euros in Pasaia

A 367-kilo tuna for more than 5,000 euros in Pasaia

The coast of anchovy and mackerel has found a guest in Gipuzkoa who has slipped into her party: tuna. Several giant specimens of this species, more abundant in summer, have been unloaded in recent weeks at the Port of Pasaia market. The last one, a large tuna caught this Tuesday with a weight of 367 kilograms, 2.69 meters long and a value of about 5,000 euros, since the kilo of this fish was sold for about 14 euros in the pasaitarra brotherhood. This is the largest tuna so far this season in Gipuzkoa, weighing more than 316 kilos for the impressive specimen unloaded at the same market on the 13th. In both cases, it was Basque-French trawlers, specifically from San Juan de Luz, who they did with the enormous pieces in the Bay of Biscay and that ended up in the pasaitarra fish market.

The Gipuzkoan arrantzales cannot fish for tuna since in their day they sold their quota of this species and they lack it, although this does not prevent specimens such as those caught from reaching the ports of the territory, in this case by French fishermen.

The experts explain that these large tuna catches at this time of the year are something specific. Tunas usually appear in summer, although this year they have arrived earlier. It is a highly migratory species that often travels as far as Norway. After last week’s unloadings, in which a huge specimen arrived every two days, yesterday about thirty pieces of tuna arrived in Pasaia with an average of 180 kilos each. In total, about 5,500 kilos of tuna that were put up for sale with an average price of about 2,500 euros, although the record tuna, that of 367 kilos, is around 5,000 euros.

Some figures, however, that pale in comparison with what has usually been paid in Japan for this species, highly appreciated in the Asian country for making sushi. There have been cases of millionaire auctions, with payments of 2.75 million euros for tuna weighing 275 kilos, less than that of Pasaia. In fact, in Japan they usually buy from Mediterranean companies that fatten the species previously in fish farms.

The fishing of these large specimens in the Cantabrian Sea coincides with a recent international report from the Azti technology center that warned that by 2050 the tuna stocks analyzed will notice an average decrease in productivity of 36% and a decrease in size of 15%. so the demand, price and profits will be affected. While waiting for these predictions to be confirmed, the species seems to be in top form.


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