Category Archive: Tuna

TUNA FOCUS: Slow start to this year’s bluefin season, few fish around so far

CHATHAM, MA – “It’s dead.  We are just not seeing any fish on the Cape,” said Andy Baler, president of Nantucket Fish, based here and in Dennis, MA. Baler was echoing comments heard from other tuna buyers throughout the region who were lamenting a very slow start to this year’s bluefin tuna season which opened …

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So you want to find fish? Start by finding a professional fishing forecasting service

by Mitch Roffer WEST MELBOURNE, FL – As all of you out on the water already know, time and fuel costs are always important considerations when fishing. Deciding on where you are going to fish before you leave the dock is as critical today as it was in the days before the various electronic aides …

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Landmark Lutcavage-led study shows western Atlantic bluefin mature earlier than assumed

GLOUCESTER, MA – Years of work by Molly Lutcavage, director of the Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Gloucester Marine Research Station, on western Atlantic bluefin spawning age – a key factor in determining stock status – has finally come to fruition. With her former doctorial student Gilad Heinisch of …

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ICCAT adopts higher quotas for western, eastern bluefin tuna

GENOA, ITALY – The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting here on Nov. 17 and adopted, with overwhelming support, increases in both the western and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas. At press time, neither the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) nor ICCAT had issued details about the meeting.  …

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Lutcavage team to use ‘hexacopter’ drones to survey bluefin tuna

GLOUCESTER, MA – Back in 1993, Molly Lutcavage, then a scientist at the New England Aquarium, launched one of the region’s first cooperative research programs, working with fishermen and spotter pilots to photograph Atlantic bluefin tuna schools from the air to get a sense of how many of the big fish actually were out there. …

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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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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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