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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

2000 thumbnail picture
Tank used for holding live bait on tuna boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2001 thumbnail picture
Fishermen on the bridge using acoustic instruments to locate tuna. Lookouts also scour the water surface looking for signs of surfacing tuna suggesting the presence of a school.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2002 thumbnail picture
Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2003 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing boat above a school of tuna. The jets of water facilitate fishing as they prevent the tuna from noticing activity on the deck. This technique uses live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2004 thumbnail picture
The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2005 thumbnail picture
The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2006 thumbnail picture
Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2007 thumbnail picture
Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2008 thumbnail picture
One fisherman holds the pole from the deck while another, higher up, pulls the attached cord when the tuna takes the bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2009 thumbnail picture
One fisherman holds the pole from the deck while another, higher up, pulls the attached cord when the tuna takes the bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2010 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2011 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2012 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2013 thumbnail picture
Placing tuna in crates before lowering to the cold store (refrigerated space.)
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2014 thumbnail picture
After fishing, any light damage to the poles is repaired.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2015 thumbnail picture
After fishing, any light damage to the poles is repaired.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2016 thumbnail picture
Tuna ready for lowering into the vessel cold store (refrigerated space).
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2017 thumbnail picture
Lowering tuna to the cold store.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2018 thumbnail picture
Young Basque fisherman after a day's tuna fishing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2019 thumbnail picture
Nightfall over the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1980
2020 thumbnail picture
Nightfall over the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2021 thumbnail picture
Large bluefin tuna caught in the trap off Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2022 thumbnail picture
Bluefin tuna - Thunnus thynnus.
2023 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of purse seining operations.
2024 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of purse seining operations.
2025 thumbnail picture
Trap fishing as practiced in some Mediterranean tuna fisheries and the state of Gibraltar.
2026 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of tuna trolling operation.
2027 thumbnail picture
Fishing vessel trolling for tuna in the Pacific.
2028 thumbnail picture
Fishing vessel trolling for tuna in the Atlantic.
2029 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing boat above a school of tuna. The jets of water facilitate fishing as they prevent the tuna from noticing activity on the deck. This technique uses live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1972
2030 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing vessel with live bait container on the foredeck.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2031 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught by pole and line method on the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2032 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait. Rod and reel as opposed to pole and line method is used when fish are far from boat instead of directly under or near the boat. The rod and reel allows casting live bait to the fish.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2033 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait. Man with rod and reel is out of picture to right; man on left is helping pull in the fish; man on right is waiting to gaff the fish.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2034 thumbnail picture
Using live bait to bait the hook for tuna fishing with pole and line fishing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2035 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait. Man with rod and reel is out of picture to left; men in foreground are helping pull the fish in.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2036 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2037 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2038 thumbnail picture
Fisherman preparing rod and reel for tuna fishing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2039 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing. Man in foreground is throwing live bait in water to keep school of tuna around the boat. Man with hose is spraying water to keep tuna from noticing boat. Lines in upper left lead to pulley system. When large fish is hooked, a man pulls on rope to pull fishing pole vertical which brings fish to side of boat for gaffing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2040 thumbnail picture
Boat rigged for pole and line fishing. Note live bait tanks on deck fore and aft of pilot house. Poles of varying size are secured in vertical position ready for fishing. The largest poles are rigged to the pulley system that can be seen approximately 5 meters above the deck.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2041 thumbnail picture
Seining for bait fish for pole and line tuna fishing. Boat in right center is rigged for pole and line fishing, but searching for schools of bait fish.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2042 thumbnail picture
Tuna coming to side of boat during pole and line fishing operation.
2043 thumbnail picture
Large tuna brought to side of boat for gaffing during pole and line fishing operation. Man in left foreground is throwing bait into waters around the fishing vessel.
2044 thumbnail picture
Relatively small tuna being caught during pole and line fishing operations.
Hawaii, Pacific Ocean 1960 Ca.
2045 thumbnail picture
The CAPE BEVERLY, one of the first commercial tuna vessels outfitted for purse seining operations. This photo was taken on its maiden voyage. Published in: "Purse Seine Revolution in Tuna Fishing", by Richard McNeely, Pacific Fisherman, June 1961.
Pacific Ocean 1961
2046 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing with two poles working in unison. Big tunas like this are often landed on two poles in the Hawaiian fishery.
2047 thumbnail picture
Photo #3 of sequence. Pole and line fishing with six poles working in unison. The fish has been pulled on deck through the combined effort of all six fishermen.
2048 thumbnail picture
Photo #2 of sequence. Pole and line fishing with six poles working in unison.
2049 thumbnail picture
Photo #1 of sequence. Pole and line fishing with six poles working in unison.

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