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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Modern tuna purse seiners in port.
Senegal, Dakar
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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
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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
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Tuna purse seiner fishing in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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Observation helicopter operating off tuna purse seiner.
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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.
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Spotter using large binoculars to look for signs of tuna.
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School of tuna agitating the surface while pursuing smaller fish.
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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
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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
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Workboat holding net prior to ship encircling school of tuna.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
2969 thumbnail picture
A view of tuna agitating the surface as the net is drawing closed.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
2970 thumbnail picture
A view of the tuna that are captured inside the net.
2971 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.
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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.
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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
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A view of the power block as the net is coming on board.
Atlantic Ocean, Eastern
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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
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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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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.
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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
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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
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A basket load of fish being emptied on deck.
Western Indian Ocean 1986
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Peruvian purse seiners.
Peru 1999
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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
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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
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Peruvian purse seiner fishing for small pelagic fish.
Peru 1997
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Deploying a purse seine.
Peru 1997
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About 400 tons of jack mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) are caught by a Chilean purse seiner.
Peru 1997
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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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