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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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The winch operator is hauling in the cables to close the net. This closes the bottom of the net such that it is now like a purse. The fish no longer have any way to escape.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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Another view of hauling on the cables to close the net.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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A view of tuna agitating the surface as the net is drawing closed.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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A view of the tuna that are captured inside the net.
2104 thumbnail picture
After closing the net and trapping the fish, the net is now brought on board. This is a view of the net being run through the powerblock and then laid back on the stern of the fishing vessel.
2105 thumbnail picture
After closing the net and trapping the fish, the net is now brought on board. This is a view from the pilothouse of the fishing vessel looking aft as the net is brought through the powerblock and laid on the stern.
2106 thumbnail picture
Once the purse has been completed, the net is brought on board. This is the first stage of bringing the net through the power block prior to laying it on the stern.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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A view of the power block as the net is coming on board.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2108 thumbnail picture
A view of the power block as the net is coming on board.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2109 thumbnail picture
A view of the power block as the net is coming on board. The tremendous power of the winches hauling the net through the powerblock rips apart fish entangled in the net.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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An aerial view of a purse seiner after the purse has been closed and the net is being hauled aboard.
Pacific Ocean
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Power block operator monitors the net as it comes aboard. If need be, he will stop the net in case of a problem.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
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The net is now on board and the operation of collecting the fish has begun. The large basket in the upper left is dipped repeatedly into the water to bring the fish on to the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2113 thumbnail picture
The net is now on board and the operation of collecting the fish has begun. The large basket is dipped repeatedly into the water to bring the fish on to the boat.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2114 thumbnail picture
The net is now on board and the operation of collecting the fish has begun. The large basket is dipped repeatedly into the water to bring the fish on to the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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The net is now on board and the operation of collecting the fish has begun.
2116 thumbnail picture
The net is now on board and the operation of collecting the fish has begun. The large basket is dipped repeatedly into the water to bring the fish on to the boat.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
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A basket load of fish on board.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2118 thumbnail picture
The basket load of fish is being brought out of the water and will be placed directly over the hole in the foreground. The fish will be deposited in the hole which has a chute that leads directly to the freezer compartments.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
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The basket load of fish is now directly over the hole that leads to the freezer compartments.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
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After the basket is unloaded, the fish are channeled into a chute that leads to a freezer compartment. Here the fish are dropping into it.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2121 thumbnail picture
A basket load of fish being emptied on deck.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
2122 thumbnail picture
Peruvian purse seiners.
Peru 1999
2123 thumbnail picture
Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
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Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
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Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
2126 thumbnail picture
Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
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Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
2128 thumbnail picture
Deploying a purse seine.
Peru 1997
2129 thumbnail picture
About 400 tons of jack mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) are caught by a Chilean purse seiner.
Peru 1997
2130 thumbnail picture
Chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) catch.
Peru 1997
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Chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) being loaded on a boat.
Peru 1997
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Chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) being loaded on a boat.
Peru 1997
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Chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) being loaded on a boat.
Peru 1997
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Peruvian scientist taking a chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) sample on board a fishing boat.
Peru 1997
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Peruvian scientist sampling blue jack mackerel (Trachurus picturatus).
Peru 1997
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A "chata" lighter is used to transfer the catch from the fishing boat to the processing plant.
Peru 1999
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Hold of a fishing boat full of anchoveta (Engraulis ringens).
Peru 1999
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Hold of a fishing boat full of anchoveta (Engraulis ringens).
Peru 1999
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Decomposing fish in the hold of a purse seiner. Fish decompose as a result of lack of refrigeration. Although this material is unfit for human consumption, it is used as a base for fishmeal for animal feed.
Peru 1999
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Los Ferroles fishmeal plant. In the background, fishing boats ready to transfer the catch.
Peru, Callao 1999
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Processing anchovies (Engraulis ringens) at the SIPESA fishmeal plant.
Peru, Paita 1997
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Los Ferroles fishmeal plant processes small pelagic species for consumption by the aquaculture industry, chickens, pigs, and ruminants.
Peru, Callao 1999
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Fishmeal plant at La Planchada processes small pelagic species for consumption by the aquaculture industry, chickens, pigs, and ruminants.
Peru, La Planchada 1997
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Anchovy fishmeal. Los Ferroles fishmeal plant.
Peru, Callao 1999
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Sacks of anchovy fishmeal at Los Ferroles fishmeal plant.
Peru, Callao 1999
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Processing Pacific menhaden (Ethmidium maculatum) at Hayduk cannery. These fish are being processed for human consumption.
Ilo, Peru 1997
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Sorting pilchard (Sardinops Sagax) and chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) in the Paita refrigeration plant. These fish are being processed for human consumption .
Peru, Paita 1997
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An educational poster produced by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the Southeast Pacific Ocean area.
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The Southeast portion of the Pacific Ocean corresponds to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Area 87.

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