The Guinness Book of World Records has officially recognized the simultaneous display of 25,594.49 kilos (56,426 lb oz) of fresh yellowfin tuna in General Santos City last year as the world’s largest fish display..
“The largest fish display consists of 25,594.49 kg (56,426 lb oz) of yellowfin tuna and was achieved by the City of General Santos (Philippines) in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines on 11 September 2014,” the official certificate stated.
The recognition took almost a year of validation before Guinness released the certification.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, at the height of their productivity, local tuna fishermen landed a monthly average of 3,000 metric tons of fresh yellowfin tuna, earning the city the moniker as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.
Butthe local tuna catch has dramatically declined over the years with only a total of 4,210.59 for the first six months of 2015 or an average of 700 metric tons a month.
Last year’s Guinness record however was an accumulation of at least three days of tuna catch.
Nevertheless, it is now a figure hard to match as world global tuna catch continues to decline.
General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said it is another honor for the city’s fishermen which remained resilient despite the many challenges facing the tuna handline fishing sector.
The country’s yellowfin tuna catches are caught exclusively using single hook and line by almost barehanded fishermen.
It is considered as the most environment friendly and sustainable tuna fishing method.