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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
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Acoustic monitoring screen on the HENRY BIGELOW showing water column
2007 July 11
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Acoustic monitoring screen on the HENRY BIGELOW showing bottom configuration
2007 July 11
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Work station on HENRY BIGELOW monitoring depth, water column, charted position, status of after-deck operations, etc. ME70 display in center and EK60 display on left.
2007 July 12
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Group of tuna in the eastern chamber of the trap at Favignana. Depth 22 meters.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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Photo taken in the chamber of death in the trap at Favignana. Depth 16 meters.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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Tuna ensnared near the mouth of the fish trap. Depth 25 meters. This tuna weighed 270 kilograms (approximately 600 pounds.)
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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Tuna processing plant at Favignana. The site where the decapitated tuna were hung was referred to as "IL BOSCO", (The Forest.)
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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The landed tuna were moved by trolley from the boat to the plant.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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The chamber of death of the trap at Favignana.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Spain, Barbate 1982
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A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Spain, Barbate 1982
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The great slaughter is almost over, with only one group of now dead tuna left to be hauled aboard on the eastern side of the trap.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979
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A large tuna is landed by a group of eight fishermen.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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A 400 kilogram (880 pounds) tuna is landed by eight fishermen. This is a difficult and dangerous time when synchronized effort is required to land the tuna. Poor timing can cause the poles to break and a fisherman to land in the water. Some fishermen have died in this manner after falling overboard and being struck by the tuna tails.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1979 May
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A raised landing net brings the tuna to the surface.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
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The boats set off towards the trap at Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
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Starting fishery operations in the trap at Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
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A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
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A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
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A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
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A large tuna is landed by fishermen working together.
Spain, Barbate 1982 May
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The tuna caught are small to medium in size, requiring just four fishermen to land.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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The small tuna are landed by two fishermen.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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A short harpoon is used for the small tuna.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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Large bluefin tuna caught in the trap off Stintino.
Stintino, Sardinia, Italy 1998
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The landing net (the chamber of death) is hauled up from the eastern side.
Italy, Favignana, Sicily 1999 May
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Gijon, Spain 1990
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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
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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
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Tank used for holding live bait on tuna boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
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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
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Tuna boat from Fuenterrabia, Northern Spain
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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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
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The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1990
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The live bait is thrown into the sprayed area to draw the tuna towards the boat.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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Fishing for tuna using pole and line while using live bait.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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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
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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
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The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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The tuna are hauled aboard with gaff hooks.
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996
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Placing tuna in crates before lowering to the cold store (refrigerated space.)
Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay 1996

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