GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city is now the record holder for the world’s largest fish display, officials here said, although Guinness World Records has yet to make the official announcement.
Organizers of the annual Tuna Festival here said Thursday the Guinness World Records has finally approved the city’s display of around 25.5 metric tons (MT) of tuna on Sept. 11 last year as a new world record.
The world record bid was the highlight of the 2014 or 16th Tuna Festival, which was co-organized by the city government and the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA)-General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC).
Paris Ayon, food safety chief of the GSFPC and 16th Tuna Festival assistant director, said they earlier got wind of Guinness’ decision in a note posted at its website.
“We saw it in its dashboard so we immediately verified it with Guinness,” he told MindaNews.
The festival’s secretariat noted that a Guinness representative later confirmed the matter in response to an email inquiry that it sent.
“I can confirm that your record is approved with the following text: The largest fish display consists of 25,594.49 kg (56,426 lb 3 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. A certificate was sent to you,” read Guinness’ email confirmation as posted in the festival’s Facebook page.
Guinness, however, has not yet made an official announcement of the feat that is usually posted in its website.
“We’re also waiting for the copy of the certificate so we can make an official declaration,” Ayon said. (mindanews)