12 Giant Bluefin Tagged in New Zealand!

Jane Stevens in Monterey Bay. This just in, from a quick phone call from George Shillinger, who's on his way back from New Zealand. In the last posting he sent, he was getting ready to jump on a small sport fishing boat and head out 70 nautical miles from Greymouth to shadow the hoki trawlers for bluefin. The short story is that he tagged a dozen giant bluefin tuna, including a thousand-pound fish, the largest that the skipper, a veteran of 20 years' fishing in those waters, had ever seen. All together, George said, those 12 fish that were caught and released would be worth $800,000 (bluefin are a very expensive fish!). He took video, so we'll see some images as soon as he returns.

Tagging bluefin tuna

Would like to tell you that there was a tagging program in Norway 50 years ago. How the tuna was tagged can be seen on this page:
http://www.webinntekt.com/blogg/?p=198