POLITICS

P.E.I. fisherman receives award for landing biggest tuna of the season

01/21/2015 12:49 EST | Updated 03/23/2015 05:59 EDT
CHARLOTTETOWN - P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz has presented an award to a fisherman who landed the largest bluefin tuna in 2014.

Paul Murray was awarded the Premier's Cup trophy today for landing a tuna weighing 522 kilograms.

Murray, a tuna fisherman for 30 years, caught the tuna on Oct. 3 off North Lake, P.E.I.

He says it took him an hour and 40 minutes to land the giant fish.

Ghiz issued a statement saying the tuna fishery is a sustainable industry that has become an important part of the Island's rural economy.

A total of 436 tuna weighing 126 tonnes were landed by Island fishermen in 2014, generating a landed value estimated at $2.5 million.