Lerøy technician poses with ENORMOUS tuna that was trapped in salmon cage

Aslak Berge

Salmon farmer gets an uninvited guest that weighed 233 kilos.

It was at a site in Trøndelag, Central Norway, that Lerøy Seafood Group discovered a tuna.

A 233-kilogram tuna was discovered by a subsea feeding camera at about seven-metre depth in one of the cages. The fish has already been harvested and delivered for human consumption.

Divers were called in to check the damage to the cage and repair the hole of about 0.5 metres in the net.

The Directorate of Fisheries has drawn up guidelines for catching and possible killing in such cases, and these were followed by the company.

The fish farmer has so far not reported salmon escapes as a result of the incident

Human consumption
According to Lerøy, catch and harvest went very well, and five hours after the tuna was observed in the cage, it was on ice. It has now delivered for human consumption to customers domestically in Norway.

This is not the first time a tuna has ended up in a fish farm after it blasted through a salmon net. In recent years, a number of farms, primarily in Western Norway and Central Norway, have received uninvited guests in the form of tuna or mackerel.

Tuna is extremely high-demand seafood, not least from a well-paying sushi market.