On Apr. 14, fishing Boat Victory brought home to Sinhu Fishing Harbor a large yellow croaker(1) weighing 2.5 kilograms. The fishermen were overjoyed.(2) since a large yellow croaker of this size is a rare sight in recent years and could be worth as much as NT$10,000 in China.
Captain Chen Song-shu and his crewmen(3) Chen Jia-ren, Chen Xing-lin and Zhang Nai-yu took Victory out around 3:00 AM on the 14th and returned to the harbor with the large croaker at 8:30 AM. For the younger fishermen, this was the largest croaker they had even seen.
Chen Song-shu has been a fisherman for almost four decades. He owns two fishing boats-Victory and Sheng-shun. For Captain Chen, this large yellow croaker brought back memories of the days when large yellow croakers abounded(4) around Kinmen. He said, in 1971, he once netted 4,500 kg of yellow croakers. However, this just doesn't happen anymore and never will. It's funny now that even a 2.5 kg yellow croaker would be the focus of attention at Sinhu Fishing Harbor.
According to Zhang Nai-yu, a large yellow croaker over 1.5 kg is worth NT$2,000 per 500 g in China. This 2.5 kg large yellow croaker could cost NT$10,000 over there.
■1. croaker-(n)指石首魚。根據維基百科，大黃花魚是鱸形目石首魚科黃魚屬，俗名以large yellow croaker稱大黃花魚。