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Ocean Currents Map

Ocean Currents Map.

This is a fantastic link to the Ocean currents of the Atlantic, from Florida to Nova.

 

Time for Honduras to End Scuba Diving for Lobster – News Watch

I spent many days working on a dive boat in Cayos Cochinos, a small set of islands off Honduras.  The Commercial Lobster industry of Honduras always recruited locals from the island, with the lure of money and travel.  However, many came back inflicted with the BENDS or other diving diseases.  This is a comprehensive look at the unregulated frontier of what eventually ends up on the plates at RED LOBSTER.

Time for Honduras to End Scuba Diving for Lobster – News Watch.

The mysterious elver, from Sargasso Sea to sushi — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

The mysterious elver, from Sargasso Sea to sushi — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.

 

Fantastic article on the life cycle of the American Eel.

Should Japan aim for sustaining Tsukiji?

 

Great article from Bill Court who has handled bluefin in Japan for over 3 decades.

http://www.fis-net.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=11&id=55249&l=e&special=0&ndb=0

 

Japan-uary, 2013

My girlfriend and I left early on January 16th for Tokyo.  It was a plan in the making since May of 2012.  We both saved a bit of money each go around.  I often say Japan is from the future, for the 14 hour time difference demands respect and optimism.  We took a bus from Portsmouth to Boston, from their we caught a plane to La Guardia, then a taxi to JFK, from JFK we took a 12 hour flight to Tokyo, and arrived in the future.

Together, my girlfriend and I shared a deep intrigue for Japan, not only as a food culture but as a true contrast to our own perception of reality and civilization.  I have traveled extensively to Latin America and Europe, and I can navigate through language and societal standards in the western hemisphere.  However, Japan was a complete contrast.  A new land, a new language, a familiar food, a truly foreign land.  Japan has called to me for years.  I have always longed to follow one of my tunas from my boat, to Japan and finally to the plate, and have often contemplated a novel or storyline.  Being the largest market and consumer of Maguro(bluefin tuna) Japan demands respect.  My curiosity was finally met upon this trip. My girlfriend and I went to the famous Tsukiji market, with eyes wide and jaws dropped.  I was floored. Together we saw first hand how it all goes down on the other side. Tunas from Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain, Australia, etc. all were displayed orderly.  Bluefin, Bigeye and Yellowfin all in rank like soldiers aligned to quench the raging appetite for tuna in Japan.

After the action, around 6:30 a.m. we took breakfast, which was sushi and beer!  Edo-style sushi, which is the classic Tokyo style of eating consists of a set menu,  always starts with the most delicate and subtle flavors first and finishes with harder flavors. This is also the most ubiquitous sushi. So we started with Toro(tuna belly) rich in fat and subtle in texture and ended with Maki rolls of variety. In between we had Hamachi, Hirame, Ika, Ebi, Anago and Tamago.  This was our first breakfast in Tokyo, we had arrived!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P1180247 P1200301 P1180244 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA IMG_0631 IMG_0582 IMG_0572 IMG_0571

Tokyo Bound 2013

Since May, my girlfriend and I have been saving for a longshot.  JAPAN in January.  Or as well have dubbed it…..

JAPAN-UARY.

We leave on January 16th and come back on the 26th.  For me, its like going to Mecca.  all of my bluefin tuna end up in Tsukiji market, which is the largest fish market in the world. My goal is to see, first hand what happens to my tunas, and learn about the side of the bluefin market that I know very little about.

I also hope to meet the man who payed 1.8 million dollars for a bluefin back around the new year.  I hope to shake his hand and ask to try a piece of that damn fine stuff.  Perhaps a foto op will be in line as well.IMG_0284

 

Million dollar Tuna 2013

Many who either fish, consume or follow bluefin tuna, know about the tuna that sell for enormous money every year about this time.  Last year the fish sold for 750k.  This year it sold for 1.8million dollars, which is absurd.  By no means is this price reflective of true market prices for U.S. commercially exported Bluefin tuna.  When reading the articles about the most recent High-money fish, one must read through the lines and realize that it is no more than a gimmick and publicity stunt to promote business for the franchise restaurant that purchased the fish.  Unfortunately, this augmented price, only misenforms the public and allows for destructive criticism from conservationist and NGOs, who say that the current exploitation of bluefin stocks are a reflection of the price.  This is all wrong.

David Schalit is assisting ABTA on this problem and gathered a small sample of press articles thus far and with links copied below. The misperception hurts us in, at least, three direct ways: 1. the public is told the fish is threatened with extinction which is false and has been rejected by both the U.S. government and ICCAT; 2. this false message leads many to believe that shutting down the fishery is necessary for protection and 3. the perception of endangerment hurts U.S. bluefin tuna fishermen in the domestic market by reducing consumption and demand of bluefin.

The domestic market is often extremely important to our fishery value in terms of both revenue and employment. Additional problems include making governments and ICCAT look irresponsible for not implementing regulations to conserve the resource and creating petitions and boycotts of restaurants and other markets offering bluefin. All the negative publicity from these false stories creates further pressure on governments to overly restrict the fishery. There is also a public health issue if the consumer passes on a meal of nutricious fish and opts for a less healthy non fish meal. Ideally, we would like to see NOAA issue a press release exposing the marketing gimmick and noting the very restrictive international programs to conserve and manage Northern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Direct excerpts from the 2012 ICCAT stock assessment demonstrating continuing biomass increases and the complexity of conservation and management will assure that the NOAA distributed information is unbiased and current. I will forward in a separate email a New York Times published note from David Schalit rejecting the premise of most of the articles relating to the annual Japanese marketing gimmick. All of us at ABTA appreciated the effort you began last year by your comments to the press (upon our request) to set the record straight on the advertising ploy and recent improved bluefin stock assessment situation. Rich American Bluefin Tuna Association That’s a big fish: Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million at Tokyo auction Calgary Herald - ‎3 minutes ago‎ A bluefin tuna is carried to the Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. The 222-kilogram (489 pounds) bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 155.40 million yen, or about $1,76 million, nearly  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/05/16367416-japan-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-176-million?lite Japan bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million NBCNews.com (blog) - ‎11 minutes ago‎ By Malcolm Foster, The Associated Press. A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted  http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=86027 Japan bluefin tuna fetches record $1.7m Antigua Observer - ‎16 minutes ago‎ A single bluefin tuna has sold in Japan for 155m yen ($1.7m; £1.05m), almost triple the record price set last year. High bids traditionally mark the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid  http://gcaptain.com/single-bluefin-tuna-fetches-1-76/ Single Bluefin Tuna Fetches $1.76 Million at Japanese Auction GCaptain (press release) - ‎26 minutes ago‎ Kiyomura K.K., a Tokyo-based sushi chain, paid a record 155.4 million yen ($1.76 million) to outbid an affiliate of a Hong Kong-based rival for a tuna it said would be enjoyed by Chinese and Japanese customers alike. The fresh whole tuna weighed 222  Japanese Buys $1.76 Million Tuna to Beat Hong Kong Rival Again Businessweek - ‎30 minutes ago‎ Kiyomura K.K., a Tokyo-based sushi chain, paid a record 155.4 million yen ($1.76 million) to outbid an affiliate of a Hong Kong-based rival for a tuna it said would be enjoyed by Chinese and Japanese customers alike. The fresh whole tuna weighed 222  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/article/290547/82/A-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-176M-in-Tokyo A 489-pound bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76M in Tokyo First Coast News - ‎34 minutes ago‎ Winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. (Photo: Shuji Kajiyama, AP). Tweet; Share. Facebook · Twitter · Google buzz; Del.icio.us · Digg  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/290547/82/A-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-176M-in-Tokyo A bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76M in Tokyo First Coast News - ‎39 minutes ago‎ Winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. (Photo: Shuji Kajiyama, AP). Tweet; Share. Facebook · Twitter · Google buzz; Del.icio.us · Digg  http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/01/05/giant-tuna-sells-for-1-8million/ Giant tuna sells for $1.8million P.M. News - ‎41 minutes ago‎ A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. According to AFP, t. The $1.8m tuna, weighing 222kg, with Kiyoshi Kimura, the  Giant tuna sells for record $1.8 million in Japan The New Age Online - ‎57 minutes ago‎ Kiyomura Co’s President Kiyoshi Kimura (C), who runs a chain of sushi restaurants, and men carry a 222kg bluefin tuna in front of his sushi restaurant outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo January 5, 2013. Kimura won the bid for the tuna with a record 155.40  http://www.brecorder.com/business-a-finance/industries-a-sectors/99381.html Posted by Muhammad Iqbal Business Recorder (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎ tun2 TOKYO: A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. The 222-kilogram (488-pound) fish, caught off Japan’s northern  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/20920592 Bluefin tuna fish sells for £1 MILLION at Japan auction BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎ The 222kg monster was bought at an auction by sushi restaurant boss Kiyoshi Kimura, who admitted the cost was “a bit high”. The staggering amount is almost triple the record price set last year – also by Mr Kimura. High bids are traditional at Tokyo’s Tsukiji  http://thechronicleherald.ca/world/379051-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-17-million Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.7 million TheChronicleHerald.ca - ‎1 hour ago‎ TOKYO — A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong  Bluefin tuna fetches record $1.7 million at Tokyo fish market One News Page - ‎1 hour ago‎ TOKYO, Japan — Sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record-breaking price of 155 million yen ($1.77 million) for a bluefin tuna on Saturday morning. Kimura admitted “the price was a bit high,” but that he wanted to “give Japan a boost,” according to  Giant tuna sells for record 1.7 million in Japan Perth Now - ‎1 hour ago‎ The 222-kilogram fish, caught off Japan’s northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of 155.4 million yen ($1.7 million), said an official at the Tokyo fish market. The figure dwarfs the previous high of 56.49 million yen paid at last year’s inaugural auction at  http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=47729 Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76M in Tokyo Republica - ‎1 hour ago‎ TOKYO, Jan 5: A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong  http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/01/05/bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-1.76-million-in-tokyo Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million in Tokyo Times LIVE - ‎2 hours ago‎ THE economy, already weakened by the eurozone crisis, has in recent months been blitzed by a series of devastating strikes in the mining sector, downgradings by international ratings agencies, fears about the nationalisation of mines and other sectors, and  Bluefin Tuna Sells for $1.8M Newser - ‎2 hours ago‎ (Newser) – If last year’s record price of $736,000 seemed high for a bluefin tuna, then this year’s new mark will be even harder to fathom: The owner of a Japanese restaurant chain paid $1.8 million at an annual Tokyo auction, reports the BBC. Even he  Japanese man displays his £1 million tuna Telegraph.co.uk - ‎2 hours ago‎ The 222-kilogramme (489-pound) tuna was caught off northeastern Japan and transported to Tokyo’s huge Tsukiji fish market. The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., which operates the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said the price  Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million at Tokyo auction Macleans.ca - ‎2 hours ago‎ TOKYO – A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand  http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/tuna-sells-for-record-1-76-million-at-tokyo-auction-1.1102118 Tuna sells for record $1.76 million at Tokyo auction CTV News - ‎3 hours ago‎ TOKYO — A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article3649115.ece Come on ladies – the £1 million fish The Times (subscription) - ‎3 hours ago‎ A 222-kg (489-pound) bluefin tuna sold for a record 155.4 million yen (£1,095,000) at the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market this morning. That is nearly three times the previous high of 56.4 million yen set last year and will help keep the huge  http://www.newstalk.ie/single-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-over-1million Single bluefin tuna sells for over €1 million Newstalk 106-108 fm - ‎3 hours ago‎ A single bluefin tuna has sold for nearly three times the previous record price at a Tokyo auction. Bidding reached 155 million yen – which is more than €1 million – in the year’s first fish sale. The tender pink and red meat is prized for sushi and sashimi. ¥155 million bluefin bid busts Tsukiji sale record The Japan Times - ‎4 hours ago‎ A 222-kg bluefin tuna was sold for a record ¥155.4 million at the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year, even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being  Bluefin Tuna Auctioned For Record $1.7m Key 103 Manchester - ‎4 hours ago‎ A bluefin tuna has sold for a record $1.76m (£1.1m) at a Tokyo auction – nearly three times the previous high. Sky News. © 2013 Sky News, all rights reserved. A bluefin tuna has sold for a record $1.76m (£1.1m) at a Tokyo auction – nearly three times the  Jumpin’ jellyfish! Giant tuna sells for record $1.76 million in Tokyo Business Mirror - ‎5 hours ago‎ A BLUEFIN tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year—even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for  Giant tuna fish sold for record $1.8m at auction Gulf Today - ‎5 hours ago‎ TOKYO: A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. The 222-kilogramme (488-pound) fish, caught off Japan’s northern city  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9782074/Bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-1-million.html Bluefin tuna sells for record £1 million Telegraph.co.uk - ‎6 hours ago‎ The record sale comes as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi. In the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s sprawling Tsukiji fish market, the 489-pound tuna caught off  Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million at Tokyo auction, 3 times previous record Edmonton Journal - ‎6 hours ago‎ A bluefin tuna is carried to the Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. The 222-kilogram (489 pounds) bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 155.40 million yen, or about $1,76 million, nearly  Tuna Fetches Record Price at 1.8 Billion Won Arirang News - ‎6 hours ago‎ A huge bluefin tuna has sold for a record-breaking 1.8 million U.S. dollars in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market. This is nearly three times more than the previous record price set last year. The tuna, which weighs in at a staggering  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-1m-in-tokyo-8439394.html Bluefin tuna sells for record £1m in Tokyo The Independent - ‎6 hours ago‎ A bluefin tuna sold for a record £1m million at a Tokyo auction today, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi.

Bluefin Tuna

We had agreat season. Our Hooking season for Bluefin began in the latter part of July.  On our 2nd trip out, we landed a 106′ tuna that dressed around 500lbs.  Being an early season fish, the quality was below Japanese standards, so it fetched below 10 per lb.

With the water temps above normal, and a steady southerly flow to the prevailing winds and weather patterns, the tuna never really turned on.  A more descriptive term to the season was “grind.” Often times when we felt dialed in and just on the edge of a good bite, the fish would no sooner turn off and dissipate.  We landed fish   from Portland,ME to Gloucester,MA and more often than not the bite was just out front of Rye….(Scanthum and surrounding humps) due to the enormous amount of bait spread throughout.  All in all we sent 15 fish to Japan.  our last fish was landed on the 6th of October.  We will be offering Tuna charters next season during the prime days.  Please keep checking in on the blog posts.  See you soon.

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