Forced to give up 800 lb Tuna - Stripers247.com Forums
 
Striped Bass Fishing Site Map | Contact Us | Fishing Log Software | Fishing Online | Advertise
to UPLOAD: please register or login

Go Back   Stripers247.com Forums > MAIN FORUM DISCUSSION > Saltwater Species
Forgot Password? Register Now!!

Saltwater Species Whatever else you're catching or want to catch. Cod / Tuna / Fluke / Blues / Weakfish / Tataug / Sea Bass / Flounder / Shark / Snook / Bonefish / Tarpon / Redfish / Barracuda / Sea Trout / Cobia, etc...


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-22-2011, 10:45 AM
SOUNDBOUNDER's Avatar
SOUNDBOUNDER SOUNDBOUNDER is offline
Striper Hunter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island Sound
Posts: 87
Default Forced to give up 800 lb Tuna

This fish story may lack the epic qualities of Ernest Hemingway's 1952 classic“The Old Man and the Sea,” but for New Bedford's Carlos Rafael, the outcome was about the same. In both cases, despite capturing and bringing home a huge fish, powerful circum****stances conspired to deprive the luckless fishermen of a potentially huge reward.

Boat owner Rafael, a big player in the local fishing industry, was elated when the crew of his 76-foot steel dragger Apollo told him they had unwittingly captured a giant bluefin tuna in their trawl gear while fishing offshore.

“They didn't catch that fish on the bottom,” he said. “They probably got it in the mid****water when they were setting out and it just got corralled in the net. That only happens once in a blue moon.”

Rafael, who in the last four years purchased 15 tuna permits for his groundfish boats to cover just such an eventuality, imme****diately called a bluefin tuna hot line maintained by fishery regu****lators to report the catch.

When the weather offshore deteriorated, the Apollo decided to seek shelter in Provincetown Harbor on Nov. 12. Rafael imme****diately set off in a truck to meet the boat.

“I wanted to sell the fish while it was fresh instead of letting it age on the boat,”he said.“It was a beautiful fish.”

It was also a lucrative one. Highly prized in Japan, a 754****pound specimen fetched a record price at a Tokyo auction in January this year, selling for nearly $396,000. These fish can grow to enormous size. The world record for a bluefin, which has stood since 1979, was set when a 1,496-pound specimen was caught off Nova Scotia.

However, when Rafael rolled down the dock in Provincetown there was an unexpected and unwelcome development. The authorities were waiting. Agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement informed him they were confis****cating his fish — all 881 pounds of it.

Even though the catch had been declared and the boat had a tuna permit, the rules do not allow fishermen to catch bluefin tuna in a net.

“They said it had to be caught with rod and reel,” a frustrated Rafael said.“We didn't try to hide anything. We did everything by the book. Nobody ever told me we couldn't catch it with a net.”

In any case, after being towed for more than two hours in the net, the fish was already dead when the Apollo hauled back its gear, he said.


"What are we supposed to do?” he asked. “They said they were going to give me a warn****ing,” Rafael said. “I think I'm going to surrender all my tuna permits now. What good are they if I can't catch them?”

No charges have yet been filed in connection with the catch, but a written warning is anticipated, according to Chris****tine Patrick, a public affairs specialist with NOAA who said the fish has been forfeited and will be sold on consignment overseas. Proceeds from the sale of the fish will be held in an account pending final reso****lution of the case, NOAA said. No information on the value of the fish was available Friday.

“The matter is still under investigation,”said Monica Allen, deputy director with NOAA Fisheries public affairs. “If it's determined that there has been a violation, the money will go into the asset forfeiture fund.”

“I think I'm going to sur****render all my tuna permits now. What good are they if I can't catch them?”


story:
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...NEWS/111129971

video:
http://boatinglocal.com/fishing/new-...ound-tuna.html
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 11-28-2011, 08:35 AM
SOUNDBOUNDER's Avatar
SOUNDBOUNDER SOUNDBOUNDER is offline
Striper Hunter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island Sound
Posts: 87
Default Re: Forced to give up 800 lb Tuna

It turns out that the New Bedford, Massachusetts, commercial scallop fisherman who was forced to give up the 881-pound bluefin tuna he accidentally caught in a net earlier this week has a history of fisheries violations.

Fisherman Forced to Give Up Tuna has History of Violations
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-29-2011, 07:38 AM
JakeF's Avatar
JakeF JakeF is offline
Moderator
Pro Staff
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: New Bedford, MA
Posts: 5,895
Default Re: Forced to give up 800 lb Tuna

Quote:
Originally Posted by SOUNDBOUNDER View Post
It turns out that the New Bedford, Massachusetts, commercial scallop fisherman who was forced to give up the 881-pound bluefin tuna he accidentally caught in a net earlier this week has a history of fisheries violations.
Unfortunately, that could probably be said of most of the trawlers out of New Bedford.

At least the fish isn't going to waste...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-29-2011, 02:10 PM
SOUNDBOUNDER's Avatar
SOUNDBOUNDER SOUNDBOUNDER is offline
Striper Hunter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island Sound
Posts: 87
Default Re: Forced to give up 800 lb Tuna

Quote:
Originally Posted by JakeF View Post
Unfortunately, that could probably be said of most of the trawlers out of New Bedford.

At least the fish isn't going to waste...
Busted twice this year for hidden compartments
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
800, forced, give, tuna

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Braid and Mono Equivalents Striperjim Saltwater Tackle Shop 8 03-11-2012 06:09 AM
Welcome New Sponsor Red Tuna Shirt Club rpavlick The Striper Forum 2 09-24-2011 08:45 AM
Tuna Time Miss Loretta Fishing Saltwater Species 0 06-02-2011 03:53 PM
375 lb yellowfin tuna puerto vallarta seann Saltwater Species 2 11-10-2006 06:59 AM
DELAWARE RECORD TUNA BLASTED zimno1 Saltwater Species 3 07-17-2005 08:16 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2004 - 2013 Stripers247.com LLC
Affiliated Sites:   Noreast.com   Allcoast.com    2coolfishing.com