Title

The enigmatic migration patterns of the giant bluefin tuna make it difficult for

Authors

Ben Neal

Source

Island Journal

Date

2003

Volume Number

Volume 20

Pages

32-37

Abstract

The enigmatic migration patterns of the giant bluefin tuna make it difficult for international and federal bodies to manage the fish, which was pressured by increased demand from the Japanese in the 1980s. Maine fishermen have specialized in harpooning tuna from tuna pulpits rigged from lobster boats, and Maine sportsfishermen hold annual tuna tournaments on Bailey's and Sturdivant islands. Although some scientists believe the Atlantic bluefin is in danger of extinction, others say the voracious and far-ranging fish has sustained its numbers but moved out of the Gulf of Maine and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Nova Scotia shore, partly because mid-water trawl boats are breaking up bait schools of herring. With details on the fish and issues related to its management.

Subjects

Tuna

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