A restaurateur from Bas-Saint-Laurent catches a tuna weighing almost 500 pounds!

A restaurateur from Bas-Saint-Laurent catches a tuna weighing almost 500 pounds!

The co-owner of an inn in Bas-Saint-Laurent had a unique experience while staying in Gaspésie when he caught a tuna weighing almost 500 pounds!

Last week, Ariane April had offered her employees to fish for this species of fish.


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“I made my contacts and we were successful. Labor is hard to come by. Being able to offer this to chefs and chefs makes them ready to come back next year,” the manager of L’Auberge sur Mer in Notre-Dame-du-Portage told TVA Nouvelles.


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“It’s really unbelievable (…) I would never have believed that!”, started the co-chef of the inn, Julien Allard.

The transformation of the impressive fish required special setup and the help of several people.

“We called a chef from La Tanière who fishes tuna with the same family. They told us how they did it. It’s our turn to have an adventure,” Ms. April said.


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It goes without saying that tuna will likely be on the restaurant’s menu in the coming weeks.

A competition is even organized on social networks to invite people to come and taste the fish.

“We will try to work on it in its entirety. The interesting thing about such a fish is that we get some meat even on the cheeks. We will try to have the most beautiful pieces and honor this fish,” said Julien Allard.


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It should be noted that only fishermen with a commercial bluefin tuna fishing license can catch this fish and that several regulations are in place to avoid a high mortality rate for this species.

– with the collaboration of Marianne Langlois