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AAFA Pole & Line Fishing in Action!

Fishers of the American Albacore Fishing Association in action. AAFA harvests albacore tuna using pole&line and surface troll methods. Fish strike bait on a barbless hook near the surface and are lifted aboard the vessel one at a time, avoiding overfishing and bycatch. This fishery is the first tuna fishery in the world to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

AAFA Albacore Fishing Slideshow

Fishers of the American Albacore Fishing Association in action. AAFA harvests albacore tuna using pole&line and surface troll methods. Fish strike bait on a barbless hook near the surface and are lifted aboard the vessel one at a time, avoiding overfishing and bycatch. This fishery is the first tuna fishery in the world to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Natalie Webster at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

Natalie Webster is the granddaughter, daughter, and wife of tuna fishermen so tuna fishing and the ups and downs of the tuna industry have long been part of her life. Five years ago she helped found the American Albacore Fishing Association, a small fishery made up of 21 family-owned boats in San Diego, California. She talks to us about her views of the state of the tuna industry today and how the instability and potential bleak future for the industry can be helped.