National Fisherman

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

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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