Catch of the day weighs in at AED6,482 per kilogram in Abu Dhabi fishing championship

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 26th January 2020: The Middle East’s biggest fishing tournament offering AED1.3m in prizemoney in Abu Dhabi concluded with a charitable auction which raised AED592,000 for the Emirates Red Crescent. 

The catch of the day, a 30.85kg Al Kanad landed by Emirati Hamdan Al-Obaidli, set a new record when it went for AED200,000 in the auction at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

At AED6,482 per kilogram, it beat the previous record of AED125,000 for a single fish auctioned at the Abu Dhabi King Fish and Cobia Fishing Championship, now in its third year.

The four-day second round of the championship, which attracted more than 400 participants, concluded with yesterday’s auction of the 15 biggest fish caught.

Saif Al-Darwish, who went away with the record-breaking Al Kanad after some lively bidding, said: “I heard about the auction a few days ago, and the main reason to be there was to support a good humanitarian cause.”

Hazza bin Rabie Al-Muhairi, founder of sponsors Al-Tayyar team, said: “The new record means we achieved more than one goal through the auction, which was a channel to deliver support to those in need.”

 ADIMSC General Manager Salem Al-Rumaithi said the next round of the championship in March will feature another charitable auction.

 Caption:  Emirati Saif Al-Darwish with the record-breaking Al Kanad he landed at the charity auction