Tuna from Bitung (Indonesia)
Facts & Figures
A good catch
Bije and his crew catch the tuna with a bamboo pole and a line. At the point of catch, it’s one hook, one line, one fish. The fishermen will wait by the edge of the boat, their poles at the ready, and as soon as the bait is tossed into the water everything happens very quickly. The skipjacks land on deck in their thousands. In fact, the fishers can catch up to 7,000 kg in a single trip, which amounts to 30,000 cans of Sea Tales tuna!
The Celebes Sea
The port of Bitung is a hive of activity. The crew haul huge blocks of ice on board, to keep the fish cool, and carry out last-minute checks before they head out on to the Celebes Sea. But in order to catch the tastiest skipjack tuna, they need bait. Without a good supply of tiny silver-skinned fish, there’s no chance of landing any tuna. Without bait, no skipjack is ever going to bite!