The largest tuna ever caught was an Atlantic bluefin tuna weighing 678.58 kg (1496 pounds). The largest ever captured, recorded, was that of Ken Fraser in Nova Scotia. The tuna he pulled out weighed a whopping 1,496 pounds. You may have heard of the reality television show called Wicked Tuna that follows a group of tuna fishermen from Massachusetts.
Let's look at the story of how this world-record bluefin tuna landed off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. We'll also look at how much tuna can be worth (suggestion: bluefin tuna holds the world record as the most expensive fish in history) and we'll finish with some facts and frequently asked questions about tuna. Tokyo's Toyosu Fish Market (formerly the famous Tsukiji Fish Market) is the place to go if you want to get the best price for your tuna fishing efforts, and it's bluefin tuna from the Pacific that receives the highest financial compensation. Jamison was fishing in Bath when he got hooked on his huge tuna that weighed 819 pounds.
Although there is no world record for the largest bigeye, they do have the biggest eyes of all tunas. Compared to a 1,000-pound bluefin tuna, these tunas are small but can still reach 3 feet in length and weigh 45 pounds or more. Watch the interview about old salt in Nova Scotia's large tuna fishing grounds while tuna feeds in the background. The popular National Geographic Channel television series, Wicked Tuna, follows the tuna fishing exploits of a group of fishermen from Gloucester, Massachusetts.
For those who wonder how tuna grows so much, in that relatively short time, bluefin tuna had gained an incredible amount of 105 kg (231 pounds), going from 16 kg (35 pounds) to 121 kg (267 pounds). The United Nations publication “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” reports that catching tuna is the species of fish that humans consume the most every year. Albacors are the babies of the bluefin tuna group and are found in the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. It is interesting to note that it took ten hours for the ship to reach the coastal port, where the record for bluefin tuna could be weighed.
Then, we'll go back to 1979 and hear how the largest bluefin tuna ever recorded was caught in Nova Scotia, Canada.