Unwanted, unusable tuna

Unwanted, unusable tuna
CROWDED OUT: Felip Solbes’ tuna taking up too much room Photo credit: Felip Solbes

FELIP SOLBES, skipper of the El nou Almuixo fishing boat has eight dead tuna that he cannot dispose of.

The Villajoyosa-based boat landed the fish – one of them weighing 300 kilos – when fishing off Ibiza .

On informing the authorities of the unwanted catch, they could only suggest that he threw them overboard in the open sea.


The fish were probably caught by the Barcelo y Fuentes combine that sells supplies the tuna market’s biggest buyer, Japan. Having exceeded their legal quota, they returned them to the sea.

“I don’t know what to do,” Solbes told the local Spanish press, explaining that he would only dispose of them at sea if the regional government’s Fisheries inspectors put it in writing.

This was not the first time this had happened to him, Solbes said, but at least the tuna were not decomposing.

“You land them and they stink the whole boat out and you have to throw away a lot of your catch because they’ve picked up the smell.”

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