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881 Pound Tuna

November 24, 2011 by staff 

881 Pound Tuna, Jeez! A Massachusetts fisherman, named Carlos Rafael, finally caught the big one recently … but only to have it seized by the Feds.

One of Rafael’s fishing boats snagged an 881-pound bluefin tuna earlier this month. While elated over the catch, it was short-lived, because when they docked the Feds seized the fish when the crew returned to port.

According to the Associated Press, Rafael had tuna permits but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. Instead, you have to catch it with rod and reel, harpoon or handline.

A fish that big is valuable, prized by sushi-lovers for its tender red meat. A 754-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000.

Rafael is angry, because he thought he had all the necessary paperwork and has been dreaming of a big catch like this.

“We didn’t try to hide anything,” Rafael told The Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, a famous whaling era port 50 miles south of Boston. “We did everything by the book. Nobody ever told me we couldn’t catch it with a net.”

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