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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

1950 thumbnail picture
Testing the Eagle Ray AUV ( Autonomous underwater vehicle) from the NOAA Ship HENRY BIGELOW. This instrument is capable of operating at 2200 meters depth, has a multi-beam sonar system, conductivity-temperature-depth sensor (CTD ), and can mount mission specific instruments.
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 6
1951 thumbnail picture
Testing the Eagle Ray AUV ( Autonomous underwater vehicle) from the NOAA Ship HENRY BIGELOW. This instrument is capable of operating at 2200 meters depth, has a multi-beam sonar system, conductivity-temperature-depth sensor (CTD ), and can mount mission specific instruments.
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 6
1952 thumbnail picture
Testing the Eagle Ray AUV ( Autonomous underwater vehicle) from the NOAA Ship HENRY BIGELOW. This instrument is capable of operating at 2200 meters depth, has a multi-beam sonar system, conductivity-temperature-depth sensor (CTD ), and can mount mission specific instruments.
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 6
1953 thumbnail picture
Testing the Eagle Ray AUV ( Autonomous underwater vehicle) from the NOAA Ship HENRY BIGELOW. This instrument is capable of operating at 2200 meters depth, has a multi-beam sonar system, conductivity-temperature-depth sensor (CTD ), and can mount mission specific instruments.
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 6
1954 thumbnail picture
Testing the Eagle Ray AUV ( Autonomous underwater vehicle) from the NOAA Ship HENRY BIGELOW. This instrument is capable of operating at 2200 meters depth, has a multi-beam sonar system, conductivity-temperature-depth sensor (CTD ), and can mount mission specific instruments.
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 7
1955 thumbnail picture
CTD operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 7
1956 thumbnail picture
CTD operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 7
1957 thumbnail picture
CTD operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2008 August 7
1958 thumbnail picture
Acoustics laboratory on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 10
1959 thumbnail picture
Acoustics laboratory on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 10
1960 thumbnail picture
Trawling operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 11
1961 thumbnail picture
Trawling operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 11
1962 thumbnail picture
Trawling operations on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 10
1963 thumbnail picture
Acoustics laboratory on the HENRY BIGELOW
New Jersey, Hudson Canyon 2007 July 11
1964 thumbnail picture
Acoustic monitoring screen on the HENRY BIGELOW showing water column
2007 July 11
1965 thumbnail picture
Acoustic monitoring screen on the HENRY BIGELOW showing bottom configuration
2007 July 11
1966 thumbnail picture
Work station on HENRY BIGELOW monitoring depth, water column, charted position, status of after-deck operations, etc. ME70 display in center and EK60 display on left.
2007 July 12
1967 thumbnail picture
Group of tuna in the eastern chamber of the trap at Favignana. Depth 22 meters.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1968 thumbnail picture
Photo taken in the chamber of death in the trap at Favignana. Depth 16 meters.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1969 thumbnail picture
Tuna ensnared near the mouth of the fish trap. Depth 25 meters. This tuna weighed 270 kilograms (approximately 600 pounds.)
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1970 thumbnail picture
Tuna processing plant at Favignana. The site where the decapitated tuna were hung was referred to as "IL BOSCO", (The Forest.)
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1971 thumbnail picture
The landed tuna were moved by trolley from the boat to the plant.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1972 thumbnail picture
The chamber of death of the trap at Favignana.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1973 thumbnail picture
A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Spain, Barbate 1982
1974 thumbnail picture
A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1975 thumbnail picture
A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Spain, Barbate 1982
1976 thumbnail picture
The great slaughter is almost over, with only one group of now dead tuna left to be hauled aboard on the eastern side of the trap.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979
1977 thumbnail picture
A large tuna is landed by a group of eight fishermen.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1978 thumbnail picture
A 400 kilogram (880 pounds) tuna is landed by eight fishermen. This is a difficult and dangerous time when synchronized effort is required to land the tuna. Poor timing can cause the poles to break and a fisherman to land in the water. Some fishermen have died in this manner after falling overboard and being struck by the tuna tails.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
1979 thumbnail picture
A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
1980 thumbnail picture
The boats set off towards the trap at Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
1981 thumbnail picture
Starting fishery operations in the trap at Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
1982 thumbnail picture
A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
1983 thumbnail picture
A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
1984 thumbnail picture
A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
1985 thumbnail picture
A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
1986 thumbnail picture
The tuna caught are small to medium in size, requiring just four fishermen to land.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1987 thumbnail picture
The small tuna are landed by two fishermen.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1988 thumbnail picture
A short harpoon is used for the small tuna.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1989 thumbnail picture
Large bluefin tuna caught in the trap off Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
1990 thumbnail picture
The landing net (the chamber of death) is hauled up from the eastern side.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1991 thumbnail picture
Hydrofoils linking Favignana and Trapani pass very close to the western side of the nets. Noise from the hydrofoils scare the tuna away.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1992 thumbnail picture
A bird's eye view of a passing hydrofoil and most of the netting complex. The mouth of the trap and the cod end extending landward can be clearly seen.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1993 thumbnail picture
The Rais (leader) of Favignana Trap, Gioacchino Cataldo, built this scale model of the netting system which was useful for the fishermen to visualize the final configuration of the trap subsequent to setting it out.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1994 thumbnail picture
The floating cross at the mouth of the trap. Excluding the statuette of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, which is traditionally always the same, each Rais places his own images of saints. The cross serves the functional purpose of helping the fishermen read the currents. Slack water is the most desirable time to start the fishing operation.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1995 thumbnail picture
A 250 kilogram (550 pound) tuna caught up in the nets is recovered by the trap diver and hauled aboard.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
1996 thumbnail picture
In the Grotta del Genovese. This small grotto has paintings dating back some 6,000 years, including the outline of a tuna and the outline of a dolphin.
Island of Levanzo, Italy 1999 May
1997 thumbnail picture
Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Gijon, Spain 1990
1998 thumbnail picture
Using a purse seine to catch live bait on the tuna boat "Maria Reina de los Cielos" from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
1999 thumbnail picture
Filling tank with live bait on tuna boat to be used later in pole and line fishing for tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1985

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