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“Black Diamond” Served at Icelandic Restaurants

A bluefin tuna, nicknamed “Black Diamond” in the world of sushi, was processed at Nordanfiskur in Akranes, west Iceland, yesterday. It is one of 12 bluefin tunas caught by accident by Baldvin Njálsson GK in late September.


Grillmarkadurinn, one of the two Reykjavík restaurants that will serve the bluefin tuna. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Nordanfiskur bought two of the fish and immediately put them in deepfreeze at -60°C (-76°F). The fish cut yesterday weighed approximately 200 kilos. “These are real fish,” commented managing director of Nordanfiskur Pétur Thorleifsson to Morgunbladid.

Such catch is rare in Icelandic waters and so employees had to obtain information on how to cut the fish. The processed weight of the fish was 100 kilos.

“At Fiskmarkadurinn and Grillmarkadurinn they are going to serve bluefin tuna with an Icelandic flair,” Thorleifsson said.

Nordanfiskur usually imports seafood like tuna, swordfish and tiger prawn. Bluefish tuna is among the most valuable seafood in the world; such a fish, weighing 342 kilos, was recently sold for ISK 45.5 million (USD 391,000, EUR 285,000) at a market in Japan.

Click here to read more about the surprise bluefin tuna catch and here to see a picture of the big fish cut yesterday.


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