GLOUCESTER, Mass. - They don't seem like television stars.
Seven tired, salty fisherman slunk down at a table, debating the next day's weather in thick Boston accents.
"Early, 2 a.m. could be best to head out to the boat. But - Ah!" Captain Paul Hebert yells, accidentally snapping a photo with his iPhone, flash beaming bright. "I just learned to use this thing. All I want is the weather."
The fishermen never expected to be in the spotlight, and it's obvious by their disheveled appearance and harsh language – not the picture of Hollywood glamour. But the rough-handed, sunburned men are the stars of National Geographic Channel's highly-rated series, Wicked Tuna.
The show, which follows commercial fishermen as they fish for lucrative bluefin tuna, has captured the attention of fishermen and reality-TV fans across the nation. The show is back for a third season Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT and there's a lot at stake.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.