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 June 1.
“It’s a horrible start. No fish around,” said Bob Kliss of Lynn, MA-based North Atlantic Traders Ltd. “We’ve really had absolutely nothing so far.”
“There were a few fish around early, pre-season,” Baler said, “But I don’t know where they went. Nothing now.”
Both Baler and Kliss acknowledged that things were slightly better to the north.
“I think they’re seeing a few fish in Maine,” Baler said, but down here, maybe 1 or 2 harpooned fish so far.” Kliss agreed…
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