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Soundbounder
01-27-2014, 09:48 AM
RI fishing charter boat cap'n tags small bluefin tuna (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tuna&src=hash) in '97. It's 1200 lbs when caught 16 yrs later


In 1997, Anderson was working the Mudhole, a fishing spot southeast of Block Island. A man on his boat caught a very young bluefin tuna, weighing just 14 pounds. Anderson, of course, tagged it and returned it to the ocean.As the years passed, bluefin tuna grew ever more valuable and ever scarcer while Anderson continued to take sport fisherman out to sea aboard his charter boat, the Prowler.

Then, about a month ago, a fisherman out of Nova Scotia was tending his longlines about 700 miles offshore when he hauled aboard quite a catch. It was a bluefin tuna weighing an estimated 1,200 pounds.

The fisherman quickly noticed it had a tag on it. While he took the prized tuna back to port to sell — the fatty fish can easily fetch tens of thousands of dollars on the sushi market — he reported the catch to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s voluntary tagging program.

Soon afterward, Anderson got a call from the agency. The fish was the very one he had tagged 16 years earlier. Only two other tagged fish in the program have been recaptured after so long.

Rich Salit
Providence Journal
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140126-galilee-charter-boat-captain-catches-up-with-tuna-tagged-16-years-ago.ece

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Flying Orca
01-27-2014, 09:51 AM
That's pretty cool.

Paul Pless
01-27-2014, 09:53 AM
It's 1200 lbs when caught 16 yrs lateron to the more important numbers: how much radiation has it absorbed?

Soundbounder
01-27-2014, 10:07 AM
on to the more important numbers: how much radiation has it absorbed?

No word yet ;)

bogdog
01-27-2014, 10:16 AM
I doubt it's 1200 lbs anymore...

Figment
01-27-2014, 10:34 AM
on to the more important numbers: how much radiation has it absorbed?

More important number: How many little tunafishies did it make?

Full Tilt
01-27-2014, 10:49 AM
And how many heads did each have?

http://www.boiseweekly.com/images/blogimages/2012/02/02/1328246456-two_headed_fish.jpg

Soundbounder
01-27-2014, 02:07 PM
All I know is that it's headed for the sushi market

Full Tilt
01-27-2014, 02:14 PM
And it will bring a price 95% less than what it was worth a year earlier.

Bon appetit.

Paul Pless
01-27-2014, 02:20 PM
And it will bring a price 95% less than what it was worth a year earlier.

Bon appetit.the u.s. east coast tuna market is quite different than the japanese tuna market

Lew Barrett
01-27-2014, 02:22 PM
This tuna reminds me of me.....inordinate weight gain in record time!

Full Tilt
01-27-2014, 02:26 PM
the u.s. east coast tuna market is quite different than the japanese tuna market

Not according to Wiki.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_bluefin_tuna

Full Tilt
01-27-2014, 02:28 PM
This tuna reminds me of me.....inordinate weight gain in record time!

I'm sure I've got you beat there Lew.

Two years of forced inactivity combined with quitting smoking.

Last years suits don't come close to fitting.

Lew Barrett
01-27-2014, 08:21 PM
I'm sure I've got you beat there Lew.

Two years of forced inactivity combined with quitting smoking.

Last years suits don't come close to fitting.

Nope, you don't Mike! I haven't even bought a suit in six years: I refuse (for the predictable reason) to buy any suit I might fit into.