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NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Samples of zooplankton taken at one time and place often consist of only a few kinds of animals. Several species of colorful copepods and one ostracod are shown here.
1969 circa
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A salmon troller
1969 circa
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491Estuaries and their marshlands are necessary as nursery grounds for some of our most valuable fisherey resources. Menhaden spawn in the open ocean , and as the larvae grow they move into estuarine waters where the juvenile stages feed and grow. Yet, marshlands are being "reclaimed" at an alarming rate for industrial and residential development.
1969 circa
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Aerial photograph showing fish school with contrail. The photograph was taken at an altitude of 3,000 feet. See image fish7948.
1969 circa
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Aerial photograph showing fish school with contrail. The photograph was taken at an altitude of 3,000 feet. See image fish7948.
1969 circa
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Purse seines lead in quantity of fish landed by U.S. fishermen. The purse line, when drawn to the vessel, effectively prevents the fish from escaping under the net. Purse seines are used to catch schooling fish like tuna, menhaden, and salmon. Tuna purse seines (one is shown) are of enormous size, and may be 3/4 mile long, 200 ft. deep, weight 15 tons, and have 10,000 floats.
1969 circa
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Scarlet prawns caught by BCF ship OREGON II during explorations for new shrimp grounds off northeastern South America. This large deepwater species is widely distributed on the continental slope between 300 adn 1,000 fathoms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. These depths are well beyond the reach of present-day U.S. shrimp trawlers.
Caribbean Sea 1969 circa
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A tracing made by an echo sounder shows concentrations of Pacific ocean perch on the sea floor, as well as the otter trawl of another vessel sweeping over the bottom toward the fish.
Eastern Pacific Ocean
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The sea scallop - an inhabitant of waters off the Atlantic coast - is a striking example of genetic variation in nature. Though the shape of the shell is uniform, markings and color in this single species vary widely. Selective breeding for desirable traits (e.g., better flesh color or larger size) is one of the goals of artificial cultivation.
Atlantic Ocean
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A converted ferryboat is used in the Potomac River by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to test the efficiency of a midwater trawl in catching alewives as they migrate upstream to spawn.
Virginia, Potomac River
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Seining under ice for carp in a "rough" fish utilization operation. Cropping an overabundant fish often leads to better ecological balance and to improved growth of the differenct species in a lake.
South Dakota, Lake Madison
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Bluefin tuna taken from subsurface waters with longline gear during exploratory fishing by the BCF vessel DELAWARE. Although explorations showed this species to be commercially abundant seasonally during the summer and fall in the Northwest Atlantic, an intensive commercial fishery has yet to be developed.
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Lobster pot floats hanging on wall of house. In New England, nearly every port has a group of lobstermen each of whom has his own distinctive colorful floats. Pots belonging to each fisherman can easily be located when they are in the water.
New England
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Calico scallops, taken during exploratory fishing off Florida's east coast, spill out of dredge. Successful explorations that locate untapped fishery resources often lead to commercial harvesting.
Florida, offshore east coast
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Blessing the shrimp fleet is an annual event. Shrimp have become the most valuable species in the U.S. fisheries, and more than 2/3 of the domestic catch is taken from Gulf waters. The shrimp fleet has been so improved that it can be considered one of the most modern seagoing fleets in the world.
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"They that go down to the sea in ships." Statue of Gloucester fisherman commemorating 300-year anniversary (1623-1923) of fishing from this New England port and also the thousands of men who have lost their lives in the New England fisheries.
Massachusetts, Gloucester
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Scientists are able to determine the age of a fish by counting the number of yearly deposits of bone on the otoliths (ear bones) of fish. Otoliths of the pollock - a codlike fish - are being removed in a study of the growth of the species.
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Aerial view of a purse seiner encircling a school of tuna.
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Chemist at BCF College Park Laboratory injecting a sample of fatty acids into a gas chromatograph. Analysis yields information on the types and quantity of fatty acids in a fish or shellfish.
Maryland, College Park
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Lobsterman preparing traps and floats before leaving port. The northern lobster fishery - conducted principally in New England coastal waters - usually produces more revenue for lobstermen than any other single species of North Atlantic fish or shellfish.
New England
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Swordfish caught below surface with longline gear. Exploratory and commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has shown that the fish concentrates in deep water in the fall, winter, and spring off the Mississippi Delta. Profitable catches are being made by U.S. vessels fishing at night.
Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico
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Sacking 5-pound bags of scallops for freezing. This new fishery - along with shrimp and crab fishing - is helping to diversify Alaska's fishing industry, which until recently depended almost entirely on the highly seasonal salmon and halibut fisheries.
Alaska, Seward
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When the tide is high, the tubs are lifted and emptied aboard vessel. Dredges and tongs are also used to harvest oysters. See image fish7927.
Washington, Willapa Bay
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Pumping alewives from a poundnet in Milwaukee Harbor. This prolific fish - an invasive species in the Great Lakes - dominated Lake Michigan catches during the 1960's.
Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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Captain of trawler at weighing platform.
Massachusetts, Gloucester
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Sashimi - raw tuna red in color and sliced thin - is part of this attractive array of Japanese-style seafood and is popular across a multi-cultural spectrum.
Hawaii, Honolulu
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Checking oyster raft at BCF Oxford Laboratory. Shells or other hard objects are attached to suspended lines, and oyster spat in turn can attach to the hard objects on which the spat grow to adult size.
Maryland, Oxford
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Seining for small fish that will be used as live bait in the skipjack fishery. Nehu, an anchovy, is the most sought-after bait. It is thrown into the water to attract skipjack close to the vessel where they can be caught with pole and line and unbaited barbless hooks.
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Sockeye (red) salmon spawning in an Alaska stream. The fish assume brilliant colors as they migrate upriver to spawn.
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Fish wheel operated for river basin research on the Copper River. Laws have been enacted to prevent commercial use of wheels, since almost every salmon is scooped up when the fish migrate toward spawning beds. Wheels can still be operated if the fish are caught for personal use.
Alaska, Copper River, near Chitina
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Aquaculture has the potential to meet a large part of the demand for certain fishery products. A technician at a privately owned facility is holding a bag of shells. Free-swimming oyster larvae (spawned and grown artificially) attach to the shells and are then known as spat. The spat are fed cultured algae until large enough to be placed on natural beds where they will grow until harvested.
Connecticut, Stratford
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Big tunas like this are often landed on two poles in the Hawaiian fishery.
Pacific Ocean Central
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Catching Hawaiian tuna in the racks on the BCF research vessel HUGH M. SMITH.
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Fishermen catching yellowfin tuna in the racks on the BCF research vessel HUGH M. SMITH.
Pacific Ocean Central
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Tuna fishing - catching Hawaiian tuna with poles.
Pacific Ocean Central
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Unloading frozen tuna
Oregon, Astoria 1968 September
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Chumming for tuna. Small fish, usually the nehu, a type of anchovy, are thrown in the water to bring the tunas near the ship.
Pacific Ocean Central
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Japanese fishermen identified by towel wrapped around their head (hachimaki). Here a group of Japanese fishermen are taking on a load of frozen tuna bait ( saury, Cololabis saira), preparatory for a fishing trip that could last as long as 40 days.
American Samoa, Pago Pago
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Unloading frozen tuna from fishing vessel on the cannery docks at Pago Pago.
American Samoa, Pago Pago
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Moving tuna from dock to processing facility
American Samoa, Pago Pago
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Unloading frozen tuna from fishing vessel
American Samoa, Pago Pago
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Forty-five tons of prime (50-pound average weight) bluefin tuna in "dried up" bag of purse seine off California.
Pacific Ocean Central
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Tuna in pre-cooking oven at StarKist tuna plant
American Samoa, Pago Pago
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The skipjack tuna vessel BUCCANEER pulls into Kewalo Basin. The vessel at the dock is a longliner.
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Tuna seiner with escaping porpoise
Pacific Ocean Central

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