SCEINTISTS are to test a monster bluefin tuna caught off New Zealand to see if it carries radioactivity from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.
The 275kg tuna was caught by Victorian fisherman Paul Worsteling50km off the coast of Greymouth.
Mr Worsteling said he waited more than 30 hours to hook the fish, then another two hours to haul it on board.
This came after a year planning the trip to hook the fish.He said he was “blown away” when he saw the tuna, which took five men to haul aboard the boat.
The fish will now be tested for radiation to determine if it has been affected by the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan.
The waters around Japan are a spawning ground for bluefin tuna.
Mr Wosterling, from the Mornington Peninsula, said the fish would be worth more than $700,000 in Japan, but as an amateur fisherman he couldn’t sell it.
He said he hoped to taste the fish after it has been smoked, and was not concerned about any radiation.
He said any levels would be too low to affect human health.