Photos: Fishing for Bluefin Tuna

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Fishing with traditional rod and reels, Credit: Pew Environment GroupAngler, Credit: Pew Environment GroupFishing rod, Credit: Pew Environment Group
     
Fishing for bluefin tuna off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina using traditional rod and reels. These large fish require extremely stout and powerful tackle to bring them to the boat.  Mandatory Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adam Baske, Pew Environment GroupRecreational angler fighting a big bluefin tuna off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. These highly sought after game fish attract sport fishermen from around the world and help support many of North Carolina's coastal economies.  Mandatory Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adam Baske, Pew Environment GroupSport fisherman sitting in fighting chair. Such equipment is often necessary to help reel in giant bluefin tuna. Often times, battles between anglers and bluefin go on for hours.  Mandatory Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adam Baske, Pew Environment Group
     
Harpooning a bluefin tuna, Credit: Ocean AerialsHarpooner hits target, Credit: Ocean AerialsRetrieving a bluefin tuna boatside, Credit: Ocean Aerials
     
New England harpooner takes aim at a single bluefin tuna. This traditional method of fishing is one of the cleanest in the industry. Only those targeted fish are brought on board.  Mandatory Photo Credit: W. Davis, Ocean AerialsNew England harpooner successfully strikes his target; a single adult bluefin tuna. It takes great skill to hit such a fast moving target in the open ocean.  Mandatory Photo Credit: W. Davis, Ocean AerialsNew England harpooner retrieving a bluefin tuna boatside. This highly skilled fishing method allows fishermen to select individual bluefin tuna.  Mandatory Photo Credit: W. Davis, Ocean Aerials