When I was a kid it was common to see Giant Bluefin Tuna landing here in the 700-1000 pound range. Through the years over-fishing has reduced the tuna population to near endangered list levels. With strong US regulations and quotas now in place, more of these swift giants are showing up offshore, a lead that other countries should follow.
The market is dominated by the Japanese, over 80 fish auctions dot Japan and the trick is getting the right quality tuna to the right auction. Some areas of the country prize a tuna with more fat content while other areas do not and so on.
Last January a record price was paid for one single 754lb tuna.....$396,000.00 USD!
Towing in a tuna!
Tail secured, ready to haul up.
Handling a giant! This one after dressing weighed in at 475 lbs.
"Patsy" Frontiero with a hand full as Massachusetts Environmental Police officer Lees looks on.
Onto the pallet.
Moving a giant.
Just a little bump on the head!
Dressing the tuna.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!