A fisherman in Massachusetts this week literally caught a fortune when an 881-pound bluefin tuna became trapped in the net of his fishing boat. Carlos Rafael was using a trawling net when the large specimen became entangled.
Returning to the marina Carlos calls the “bluefin tuna hot line” to report the catch which is closely regulated because of shrinking bluefin tuna numbers and he ended up with federal regulators at his door.
Agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association confiscated the bluefin tuna because it was caught using a net instead of a rod and reel.
The agency will sell the tuna oversees and money from the sale will be placed in an account until a full investigation can be completed.
To give our readers an idea of how lucrative the fish could be a 754-pound Tuna that was cause earlier in the year brought a $400,000 price tag in Tokyo.
If the US Government finds that Rafael did not act maliciously in catching the rare tuna do you believe he should be given all of the proceeds from the fishes sale?