Here are National Geographic Wicked Tuna video and photos. The new series will have its broadcast premiere on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo cable channel. It chronicles the work of bluefin tuna fisherman in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Details are below.
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Fishing for bluefin tuna in the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts is a multi-generational tradition. The fishing methods are also traditional — rod and reel. Now in contemporary times, the bluefin stocks are becoming depleted and their livelihood is one of hardship and fierce competition, with high stakes, as just one of these large fish — which can weigh upwards of three-quarters of a ton and measure a dozen feet in length — can sell for as much as $20,000 or even more.
The series on National Geographic will span 10 weeks, and follow the work of these fishing crews in the cold and rough waters off the North Atlantic coastline. Their mission remains as it always was, to catch the bluefin tuna; danger is extreme but so are the financial rewards.
Photo: Provincetown, MA: Pirate aka Kit Vallee is the 1st Mate aboard THE ODYSEA. He is waiting for a tug from a blue fin. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television).
The premiere episode is entitled Wicked Tuna: The Bite Is On, and it will be broadcast on April 1, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Here is the official synopsis:
Meet the fleet, as peak season begins and the adrenaline rush of “monstah” hunting hits Gloucester. We enter midseason, but this is when the money is made and tempers run hot. Each captain loads his boat with $3,000 worth of fuel, bait and ice, and heads off for open water where the blue gold is waiting. But it doesn’t take long for things to sour when there’s cash on the line. Bill and the Bounty Hunter are already struggling to stay out of the red, and their luck only gets worse when a “dragger” severs their anchor line while at sea. Sensing weakness in his limping competitor, Dave of Tuna.com flaunts his catch and fills Bill’s ear with fictitious advice that sends the Bounty Hunter farther from the fish and deeper into the red.
An overview and more photos, video clips and full episode video, background and biography on ship crew members and other participants as well as online resources about sustainable fishing, overfishing and the environment can be seen here: Wicked Tuna. Additional info and updates will be on the official Nat Geo Facebook and Twitter @natgeochannel. Follow the discussion with hashtag #WickedTuna.
Watch video below.
Trailer Video – Link
Episode preview video Link
Photos and video courtesy of National Geographic Channel
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