The film shown below is recordet off the coast of Norway around 1970. Only adult bluefin tuna migrated to Norwegian waters in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The mean weight grew bigger year by year and in 1970 it was common to catch tuna weighing from 270 – 310 kilogram. A film of tuna fishing in 1967 shows slightly smaller fish (250 – 290 kilogram). The stock of bluefin tuna migrating northwards was fished down year by year till the last giant tuna was caught in 1986.
I was in the harbour when I head the sound of a boat coming in. It was Helge Selliken who had been out checking his fishing gear. With his four fish traps and three pots in the sea he usually got a lot of crabs and sometimes a cod – or two. Last fall he hoped to get a lobster, but without any results.
Today he met me with a big smile. I had to ask him; Did you get a lobster? He could not hide his smile and he nodded. Finally a lobster had visited one of his pots. In Norway it is only allowed to fish lobster in October, and with a lot of bad weather the season is short.
It was a nice lobster. Helge estimated it to be around 2 kilograms. Before he (and the lobster) left, he let me take some pictures of the catch.
The Atlantic halibut is one of the biggest fish found in Norwegian waters. While the female halibut can reach a weight of more than 200 kilos, the male is considerably smaller. The pictures shown on this post are taken during a tagging experiment in the western part of Norway. The halibuts are caught on long lines.
It was believed that the maximum size of male halibuts in Norwegian waters was about 50 kilos which was the weight of the biggest male halibut caught by then.
A couple of days ago I got some pictures in my mailbox. The pictures were sent me by Torstein Halstensen who is an eager halibut-tagger. He uses a lot of his spare time and holidays to catch and tag halibut in order to get better knowledge about the behaviour of this vulnerable species.
The halibut shown on this page is a male which proportions are breaking the former record. This male was 1,75 meters long, weighing 75-80 kilos.
The fish was tagged and released, and if it get caught again we will learn more about the maximum size of male halibuts.
The number of fishermen in Norway is getting lower year by year and the vessels are getting bigger and bigger. In spite of this delvelopment the fleet of smaller coastal vessels is still playing an important role in the Norwegian fisheries. On this post you will see some pictures taken by Aksel Knutsen. At this time of year the sun is still close to the horizon, but some hours of daylight gives the opportunity to take your camera with you when your’re out on the sea.
After hauling the nets the fish must be gutted and cleaned. Seagulls gather to take part in this process. Being a coastal fisherman is not an easy way to make a living, although it might seem romantic on these pictures. Some fishermen are trying out a new type of boats, called «speed-fishingboats». Fishermen on Iceland have good experience with that kind of vessels.
50 years ago there could be four or five fishermen on such a boat. Nowadays most fishermen work alone on this type of vessel. The vessel does not give enough income to pay for a crew. Some people like the freedom and the responsibility this kind of fishing provides, but the fishermen are getting fewer and fewer.