des 19 2009

Fishing bluefin tuna in Norway – a unique film

Published by at 9:01 pm under Fishing history

The giant tuna – bluefin tuna – once was a common fish along the Norwegian coast. Every summer large schools of bluefin tuna entered the coast. From 1950 this became an important fishery for Norwegian purse seiners. The film shown below shows a Norwegian fishing vessel named «Speranza» on the fishing grounds in 1967.

In 1986 the last school of bluefin tuna was surrounded by a Norwegian purse seine. Today the bluefin tuna is endangered – suffering from the pressure of commercial interests all over the world. Norway has a quota, but the Norwegian Department of Fishery has stated that Norway will not fish bluefin tuna until the stock is managed in a responsible way and in accordance with the advice and recommendations given by scientists.

Norway is familiar with overfishing, but the nation has learned by mistakes done in the past. Hopefully the bluefin tuna some day again will find its way northwards to the feeding areas along the Norwegian coast.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Fishing bluefin tuna in Norway – a unique film”

  1. Norway Photoson 21 des 2009 at 7:23 am

    That is an awesome video! I too hope that we’ll some day see tuna in our waters again.

  2. Hans Rostekon 09 jan 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Your site is one of the best resourceful websites of its kind. I take advantage of reading often.
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  3. adminon 10 jan 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for nice words!

  4. monkeyfaceon 20 jan 2010 at 12:16 am

    Thank God they’re stopping before its too late… though it may already be. We are facing similar extinctions here in California. Salmon, certain rockfish species are now overfished, and the San Francisco herring fishery was shut down for the first time ever this winter. Sad state of affairs. Great videos though.

  5. Cyprus fishingon 23 jan 2010 at 5:26 pm

    monkeyface…. That problem exists all around the world and it is sad! Human firstly will eat and then will ask… «WHY we don’t have fish on our tables!?!?!»

  6. […] by year and in 1970 it was common to catch tuna weighing from 270 – 310 kilograms. A film of tuna fishing in 1967 shows slightly smaller fish (250 – 290 kilos). The stock of bluefin tuna migrating northwards […]