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No Tuna License; Bye Bye USD 100,000+ For One Tuna New Zealand, March 8, 12

A New Zealand fisherman who caught a potentially record-breaking tuna could have made hundreds of thousands of dollars off the fish, had he not deregistered his boat before reeling it in.

335.4 kilo bluefin tuna

Nathan Adams, 42, caught the 335.4 kilo bluefin tuna during the one month each year when he deregisters his six-meter “tinnie” Western Break so he can use it to indulge his passion for marlin fishing - a fish which is illegal to catch from a commercial fishing boat.
At the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals in late February, Adams hooked the huge bluefin, a fish that can fetch exorbitant prices in Japan where it is sold for sushi.
In January a 269kg bluefin caught off north-eastern Japan fetched USD 736,000, almost 1 million NZ$.
The fish is prized for its tender red meat - the best slices, called o-toro, can sell for NZ$ 30 a piece in Tokyo.
If Adams had caught the fish during any of the 11 other months of the year, when the boat is registered, it would have been fair game, but it is illegal to sell fish from a recreational fishing boat.

Instead he said he would get the fish mounted, a process that could cost NZ$ 6000 to 8000 and means the fish can’t be eaten.

“'My wife did say, ‘God, I wish you were still registered and we could send it to Japan for a hundred thousand dollars’.”
But Adams admitted he probably wouldn’t have caught the tuna had he not specifically been fishing for marlin, which he catches with a long fishing line.
“It probably would have been worth a fortune if it was legal to sell it, but it’s not.”
He says ordinarily the bluefin in New Zealand waters are caught off the coast of Greymouth during winter, so it was unusual to land one in Northland in February.