Category Archive: Tuna

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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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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ICCAT: US once again seeks bluefin quota cut

AGADIR, MOROCCO — The Northeast’s bluefin tuna industry came away from the Nov. 9-19 ICCAT meeting here dismayed once again by the US delegation’s ultraconservative stance on bluefin quotas despite recent scientific findings that indicate stocks on both sides of the Atlantic are recovering. ICCAT stands for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic …

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Bluefin: Assessment bodes well for recovery

GLOUCESTER, MA — Armed with reliable catch data and an enhanced understanding of bluefin biology, scientists conducted a new Atlantic bluefin tuna stock assessment this fall.  And they concluded there’s a good chance stock-rebuilding targets for both sides of the Atlantic will be achieved by 2022 under current — or even slightly higher — harvest …

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