Tuna from the rough Tasman Sea

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Albacore tuna
125 fishermen
Greymouth, New Zealand

“Behind every successful fisherman stands a fantastic supporting wife.”

Larry Johnston is proud that he can use his hunting and gathering skills to provide for his family. “If you can’t catch fish, you don’t get paid.”, he explains. As an outdoors person he spent his youth fishing off wharfs and beaches with his father: “I was always destined to become a fisherman. I used to love watching fishing vessels coming and going so there was never any doubt where I was headed in life."

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Fishing method

Larry and his men use trolling to catch the albacore tuna in a sustainable way. Trolling is a method of fishing where the boat tows a line or lines with one or more hooks with a natural bait, or what is more common, an artificial lure on to target fish swimming in the upper layers of the water column.

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When the fishermen spot a school of tuna, they throw live little fish overboard. This helps to draw the tuna’s attention - and eventually draws in the tuna. The great way about this traditional method is that the fishermen only catch tuna fish. So there’s no bycatch nor damage to nature.

Greymouth (NZ)

Surrounded by thick green bush, on the rugged west coast of New Zealand, lies the town of Greymouth. This is where the Grey river flows into the Tasman Sea. Only the most experienced captains know how to safely navigate their ships through these challenging conditions, because the strong current creates a notorious tidal waves over the river bar.

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Once out into the Tasman sea, fishermen are greeted with breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains called the Southern Alps. These seas are home to the fabulous albacore tuna. The smaller ones swimming in warmer patches, while the larger tuna prefer to stay a bit deeper, where the water is cooler.

Wild and adventurous Greymouth

Greymouth is heaven for nature lovers. The southern island is divided by the Southern Alps, with the west part receiving the majority of the precipitation. This results in lush green woods filled with indigenous plants, birds and insects. The views of the rough shoreline that fishermen have when looking back are stunning.

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Albacore tuna

The albacore- or white tuna - is, you guessed it, much lighter in color than the rest of its family. This fish doesn’t get really big, but it makes up for it in nutritional value: because the albacore tuna only eats sardines and anchovies, it’s packed with omega 3 fatty acids. A true guilt-free treat.