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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Fishermen catching yellowfin tuna by pole and line fishing. They are standing in the racks on the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Vessel HUGH M. SMITH.
2051 thumbnail picture
Fishermen catching yellowfin tuna by pole and line fishing. They are standing in the racks on the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Vessel HUGH M. SMITH.
2052 thumbnail picture
Measuring the length of a bluefin tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2053 thumbnail picture
Pole and line tuna fishing boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain.
Gijon, Spain 1990
2054 thumbnail picture
Pole and line tuna fishing boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2055 thumbnail picture
Scientists tagging bluefin tuna in the Bay of Biscay with traditional tagging method.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2056 thumbnail picture
After tagging, the bluefin tuna are returned to the sea. The tag is visible on the back of the tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1988
2057 thumbnail picture
Man on left is holding tuna while man on right prepares to insert tag.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1988
2058 thumbnail picture
Fisherman bringing tuna to tagging table while pole and line fishing for additional tuna continues. Scientists were conducting the tagging operation on a chartered commercial fishing vessel. All tuna caught were tagged and returned to the sea.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1988
2059 thumbnail picture
After tagging, the bluefin tuna are returned to the sea.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1987
2060 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing on a chartered vessel to catch tuna for tagging. Scientists tagged each fish caught and returned it to the sea.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2061 thumbnail picture
After tagging, the bluefin tuna are returned to the sea.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2062 thumbnail picture
Scientist preparing to tag albacore tuna - Thunnus alalunga.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2063 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing on a chartered vessel to catch tuna for tagging. Scientists tagged each fish caught and returned it to the sea.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2064 thumbnail picture
Scientist displaying pop-off electronic tag. This tag is inserted into a fish's flesh and pops off when it has been programmed to do so. It transmits a signal to an ARGOS satellite for tracking large pelagic fish species.
Stintino Trap, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2065 thumbnail picture
Scientists measuring a bluefin tuna - Thunnus thynnus.
Spain, Barbate Trap 1982
2066 thumbnail picture
A bluefin tuna caught in the trap at Stintino.
Stintino Trap, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2067 thumbnail picture
Bluefin tuna male sexual glands.
Stintino Trap, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2068 thumbnail picture
Bluefin tuna female sexual glands. Also, note heart in upper right of container .
Stintino Trap, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2069 thumbnail picture
A bluefin tuna attacked by a shark while being brought aboard during pole and line fishing operations. This tuna was attacked during a scientific tagging cruise on a chartered vessel.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1980
2070 thumbnail picture
Photo #1.Cross-section of first spine of dorsal fin of young bluefin tuna showing annual growth rings. These rings are similar to tree growth rings. The wide (brown) areas represent summer growth during periods of high food intake. The narrow (white) bands represent periods of less fast growth during the winter when the fish's metabolism slows.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1985
2071 thumbnail picture
Photo #2. Compare this cross-section to the previous image. Notice the greater width of the outer band. This is because the first cross-section was from a bluefin tuna caught in June while the second was from a tuna caught in November. The wider area represents a long period of high food intake during summer/ autumn months. These images are greatly magnified.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1985
2072 thumbnail picture
Cross-section of first spine of dorsal fin of a one-year old bluefin tuna. This image is greatly magnified.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1985
2073 thumbnail picture
A fin whale - Balaenoptera physalus -on the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1980
2074 thumbnail picture
A pod of killer whales on the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1980
2075 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of school of tuna pursuing a school of bait fish while pole and line fishing is being conducted from fishing vessel.
2076 thumbnail picture
Tuna hooked by pole and line fishing makes easy prey for an opportunistic shark.
2077 thumbnail picture
Besides man, killer whales are major predators pursuing tuna.
2078 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of pole and line fishing. When one fish is hooked, the rest of the school tends to follow the hooked fish to the side of the fishing vessel .
2079 thumbnail picture
Scientist tagging a juvenile tuna.
2080 thumbnail picture
Preparing to tag a large yellowfin tuna caught on longline gear by the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Ship OREGON in the Caribbean Sea.
Caribbean Sea 1961 April
2081 thumbnail picture
Diagram illustrating concept of selectivity of mesh size on size of fish captured during trawling operations.
2082 thumbnail picture
Scientists measuring dimensions of tuna caught in Hawaii area of Pacific.
2083 thumbnail picture
Modern tuna purse seiners in port.
Senegal, Dakar
2084 thumbnail picture
French tuna purse seiner F/V KERGUELEN at Mahe, Seychelles. Note helicopter on flying bridge. It is used to visually search for schools of tuna.
Mahe, Seychelles Islands, Indian Ocean 1982
2085 thumbnail picture
The Spanish tuna purse seiner F/V TXORI-EDER in the western Indian Ocean. Smaller vessel on the stern is secured to purse seine and when a school of tuna is encountered, the small boat is launched and it helps ship encircle it.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2086 thumbnail picture
Tuna purse seiner fishing in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2087 thumbnail picture
Observation helicopter operating off tuna purse seiner.
2088 thumbnail picture
Spotters looking for signs of tuna such as logs on surface or agitated water. Tuna tend to congregate around floating logs or other floating objects on the surface.
2089 thumbnail picture
Spotter using large binoculars to look for signs of tuna.
2090 thumbnail picture
School of tuna agitating the surface while pursuing smaller fish.
2091 thumbnail picture
Tuna purse seiner is headed towards school of tuna to encircle with net. Workboat that helps hold net during deployment is still on starboard stern. Smaller vessel in water is used to make noise to scare tuna into staying within confines of net prior to ship and workboat deploying and closing the net.
Pacific Ocean
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Tuna purse seiner is deploying net with assistance of workboat which is seen at far end of net. The workboat will pull the net in a circle to capture the tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2093 thumbnail picture
Tuna purse seiner is deploying net with assistance of workboat which is seen at far end of net near horizon on upper right of picture. The boat appears as a small rectangle behind a vertical rope.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2094 thumbnail picture
Workboat holding net prior to ship encircling school of tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2095 thumbnail picture
Helicopter eye view of ship pulling net in circle to capture tuna. Workboat is in lower center of photo and is holding the end of the net.
Pacific Ocean
2096 thumbnail picture
Ship is finishing deployment of purse seine net. Almost all of the net is now in the water and the ship will continue to encircle the school of tuna while the workboat (not shown) holds the other end of the net.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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Ship has finished deploying net which is still attached by a cable. Prior to net closing, the small boat in photo makes noise to keep tuna herded into net.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2098 thumbnail picture
Encircling the school of tuna is now complete. The workboat is bringing the end of the net back to the ship so that hauling in can proceed.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2099 thumbnail picture
The net is now closing in a nearly perfect circle. The purse seiner is now starting to pull the net back on board. The workboat is seen to the left and is secured to the ship. It is now acting like a tugboat and is pulling the purse seiner away from the net so that it does not become entangled.
Pacific Ocean

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