It’s not the tuna that’s wicked. Tonight is the season premiere of Wicked Tuna. National Geographic describes the show: “Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted…. Over the next 10 weeks, the most skilled fishermen will set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000—they’ll do whatever it takes to hook up.”
At least they use rods and reels. And at least National Geographic addresses the controversies behind the bluefin tuna harvest: a population in decline, overfishing, trawling and wasteful fishing methods, and habitat destruction.
The F/V St Jude targets albacore, using hook and line. The fights in the open Pacific are intense.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic.