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January 21, 2015
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Premier presents trophy for largest tuna

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Prince Edward Island tuna captain Paul Murray was awarded the Premier’s Cup trophy for landing the largest bluefin tuna in 2014, says Premier Robert Ghiz.

“I am pleased to present Mr. Murray with this trophy in recognition of his significant achievement,” said Premier Ghiz. “The Prince Edward Island tuna fishery is healthy and sustainable, and is an important contributor to the Island’s rural economy.”

Premier Ghiz presented the annual award to recognize the economic importance of the tuna fishery and its growing international reputation.

Mr. Murray’s bluefin weighed 522 kilograms or 1,151.7 pounds. This was 90 pounds larger than the largest tuna of last year. He caught his tuna on October 3rd off North Lake. Captain Murray was accompanied by his crewman, Jackie Jackson, aboard the vessel Start Me Up. It took only an hour and forty minutes to land the giant tuna. Mr. Murray has been fishing bluefin for almost three decades now, beginning in 1986.

A total of 436 tuna, weighing 125.83 metric tonnes, were landed in 2014 in Prince Edward Island by the Island tuna fleet. The tuna fishery had a landed value of over $2.5 million in 2014.

Premier Ghiz acknowledged the contribution tuna fishers are making to coastal communities and to the growth of the Island’s fishery exports.

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley was also on hand for the presentation.

Media Contact: Wayne MacKinnon
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