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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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A short harpoon is used for the small tuna.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
2301 thumbnail picture
Large bluefin tuna caught in the trap off Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2302 thumbnail picture
The landing net (the chamber of death) is hauled up from the eastern side.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
2303 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
2304 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
2305 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
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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
2307 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
2308 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
2309 thumbnail picture
Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Gijon, Spain 1990
2310 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
2311 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
2312 thumbnail picture
Tank used for holding live bait on tuna boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2313 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
2314 thumbnail picture
Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2315 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
2316 thumbnail picture
The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
2317 thumbnail picture
The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2318 thumbnail picture
Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2319 thumbnail picture
Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2320 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
2321 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
2322 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2323 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2324 thumbnail picture
The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2325 thumbnail picture
Placing tuna in crates before lowering to the cold store (refrigerated space.)
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2326 thumbnail picture
After fishing, any light damage to the poles is repaired.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2327 thumbnail picture
After fishing, any light damage to the poles is repaired.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2328 thumbnail picture
Tuna ready for lowering into the vessel cold store (refrigerated space).
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2329 thumbnail picture
Lowering tuna to the cold store.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2330 thumbnail picture
Young Basque fisherman after a day's tuna fishing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2331 thumbnail picture
Nightfall over the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1980
2332 thumbnail picture
Nightfall over the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
2333 thumbnail picture
Large bluefin tuna caught in the trap off Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
2334 thumbnail picture
Bluefin tuna - Thunnus thynnus.
2335 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of purse seining operations.
2336 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of purse seining operations.
2337 thumbnail picture
Trap fishing as practiced in some Mediterranean tuna fisheries and the state of Gibraltar.
2338 thumbnail picture
Artist's conception of tuna trolling operation.
2339 thumbnail picture
Fishing vessel trolling for tuna in the Pacific.
2340 thumbnail picture
Fishing vessel trolling for tuna in the Atlantic.
2341 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
2342 thumbnail picture
Pole and line fishing vessel with live bait container on the foredeck.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2343 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught by pole and line method on the Bay of Biscay.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
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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
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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
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Using live bait to bait the hook for tuna fishing with pole and line fishing.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1958
2347 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
2348 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973
2349 thumbnail picture
Tuna caught with rod and reel and live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1973

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