Category Archive: Bluefin

Bluefin tuna harpooners doing well; hook bite getting a good start

HARWICH, MA – The bluefin tuna fishery was chugging along in mid-July.  Dealers reported a somewhat slow though steady stream of landings.  Most were coming from boats fishing off Maine, as well as “a few here and there” from around Cape Cod. The big news was that harpooners, for the first time in close to …

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Harpooners get a jump on the ‘14 bluefin season

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HARWICH, MA – The 2014 bluefin tuna fishery opened on June 1 and harpooners soon sprung into action.  By midmonth, fish had been landed in ports from Maine to Cape Cod, although fishermen and dealers still characterized it as a relatively slow start due to cool water temperatures and strings of bad-weather days. “It’s quiet, …

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Lessons from BP spill: Crude oil toxic to large pelagic embryo hearts

SEATTLE, WA – In March, researchers announced that the disastrous BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago had the same devastating effects on the embryonic stage of large pelagic fish, including bluefin tuna, as those suffered by Pacific herring and pink salmon after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in …

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NJ bite stokes late-fall bluefin fishery

NMFS increased the daily bluefin retention limit to five large medium or giants on Nov. 27, just before the fishery took off.  The change helped fishermen improve efficiency by reducing fuel and operating costs. (Photos courtesy of Steve Getto)

MANASQUAN, NJ – Bluefin tuna fishermen from Maine to North Carolina dropped everything and bolted for New Jersey and Long Island ports in early December as word spread that the big fish were biting in Hudson Canyon. In a stroke of good timing, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced the week before that it …

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Industry pans draft bluefin Amendment 7

GLOUCESTER, MA – Many of the principal people involved in the bluefin tuna and swordfish fisheries got their first detailed explanation of draft Amendment 7 to the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan during a Sept. 4 public hearing conducted here by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Most were dismayed, mainly …

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Bluefin fishery picks up again

Bluefin fishery picks up again; schools of big giants raise new questions HARWICH, MA – Following a several-week lull, the bluefin fishery was picking up in mid-July with schools of giants being reported off Maine, in Cape Cod Bay, off Chatham, and on Georges Bank. Stick boats had finally caught a break with the weather and …

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Bluefin mania: Fish come on strong nearshore

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Offloading a giant bluefin from the 35' Lily in Gloucester in 2011.

HARWICH, MA – Even before the June 1 start of the 2013 bluefin tuna season, fishermen, including a whole pack of newcomers, were raring to go, fired up by reports of fish sighted from Maine to Massachusetts. Sure enough, the season started off with a bang.  The fish were close to shore, just a few …

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