AURORA FISHING BOAT REELS IN HUGE TUNA
PALTIC, Dingalan – Yesterday, April 20, a large tuna, identified as “Pacific Bluefin Tuna” (Thunnus orientalis), was caught off the waters of Dingalan, Aurora by a tuna handline fishing vessel owned by Linoboy Gonzales. It was taken to the community fish landing center and was recorded with an approximate length of 7 feet and weight of 300kgs. Fisherfolk in the area said they have caught this kind of tuna before but never one this big.
The Pacific Bluefin Tuna is a commercially valuable species and because it is heavily overfished, population is now considered vulnerable. Sustainable fishing is encouraged to protect the species and ensure the future of tuna fisheries in the country. In the province of Aurora, traditional small boats use the tuna handline method which is seen to have less impact on the marine environment because it targets only the large, mature tuna that have already reproduced. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has collaborated on several projects that seek to better manage handline fishing and protect the spawning of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna. (Rosalie Calaguas - Cuyugan/ photos Zenia Abaya)