With the premiere of Wicked Tuna just around the corner, we’ve been overhearing a lot of chatter surrounding this special breed of fishermen from America’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Mass.

For generations, they have used rod and reel to catch the magnificent bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood in one of the most highly regulated fisheries in the world. But experts think bluefin tuna populations are at critical levels. So as the world debates how to save this species, these fishermen depend on them to make their living … one bluefin at a time.

The Boston Globe published a piece that touts Wicked Tuna as nothing contrived with a pace that allows the viewer to grasp the range of emotions that the fishermen experience.  Read the whole story here and check out a trailer from the upcoming season:

 

Comments

  1. Christina
    Missouri
    March 24, 2012, 10:54 pm

    I think it’s odd that there is a program about the fishing of the bluefin tuna, the write up making it sound like a competition of sorts for the fish, on the same website that tells me that this fish is endangered. What kind of double message does this send?

  2. Joe
    Weymouth, MA
    March 26, 2012, 2:50 pm

    It sends an honest message.
    This fish is not endangered.

  3. NJ
    April 9, 2012, 12:34 am

    I love watching the program. That Dave is just the worst person I’ve seen portrayed in a while. The man has absolutely no integrity – no honor. I honestly think that if he was stranded dead in the water the others would be there in no time to help him – however – if the same happened to one of the others – he would never show. Karma will come through – he’ll get his! I truly believe that!

  4. Robert Smith
    Bandon oregon
    April 16, 2012, 2:10 am

    I half to say fishing for the blue fin tuna looks wild , and I do enjoy watching the show , and yes I fish it would be nice to have a fish of that size here on the west coast, still I wonder why the captains cant get along , I just don’t see why all the fighting , I half to say good TV can be done with out all the childish crap,

  5. Gabrielle
    Boston, MA
    April 16, 2012, 5:44 am

    The reactions seems to imply viewers are taking the show as a double message, both glorifying the fishing of tuna and also bringing awareness that it is endangered (and it is). However, the show helps to shed the misconceptions of these fishermen who base their lives around the catch are “evil”, the impressions that they are poachers. There is illegal trading, but these fishermen follow regulations, it is their business. Through airing the show, doesn’t it bring attention that both the fish and the fishermen are in danger due to overfishing?