There’s been some unusual fish swimming in Norwegian waters lately, and fishing boats off both the southern and northwestern ends of the country reported some unique catches this past week.
Newspaper Firda and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) told the ultimate “big fish” story on Monday for Tore Hillersøy and his crew off the coast of Ålesund. They finally succeeded in catching a huge load of tuna (called makrellstørje in Norwegian), which has been rare in Norwegian waters.
Hillersøy’s boat is the only one in Norway with permission to fish for tuna. He and his crew of seven hit the jackpot last week, hauling in 190 of the fish that’s in great demand in Japan and elsewhere. Most of the tuna they caught weighed between 200 and 300 kilos.
“The quality has to be perfect for them to be sold, and we worked day and night,” Hillersøy told NRK. He claimed the market was good, and that the tuna they caught was fatter than what’s often found off Japan.
Hillersøy wasn’t the only Norwegian fisherman with an unusual catch last week. The crew of a shrimp boat off Hvaler at the southeastern tip of the country found a 200-kilo shark in its nets, reported NRK. They think the shark was attracted to local waters because of a prevalence of mackerel on which it feeds.
With no market expertise in shark in Norway, the huge catch was turned over to a Swedish wholesaler, and thus looked likely to wind up on restaurant tables in Sweden.