No, the fish on this reality show do not attack you – so don’t expect the iconic Jaws tune that accompanies an impending shark attack.
Wicked Tuna explores how skilled fishermen brave the freezing icy waters of the North Atlantic to find the rare bluefin tuna fish – the ones you enjoy in delicious sushi dishes. With a whopping eight seasons under its belt, Wicked Tuna returns for its ninth season and we’ve rounded up four great reasons to tune in.
Four epic reasons to watch season 9:
- The season kicks off with a literal war on the water. While we know and understand how dangerous and stressful the tuna business is, no one expects the different fleets to fight it out. The Gloucester fleet defend their home turf when new boats try their best to take over the competition. Will it work? Tune in to find out.
- Contrary to popular belief, the fishermen on Wicked Tuna aren’t pillaging the oceans, they truly do maintain and encourage responsible fishing and support the consumption of sustainable seafood. Captain David C. Marciano, who’s been in the industry for over 30 years, in a recent interview said: “I think people think that we're out there like we're some sort of Vikings, you know, just pillaging and taking what we want without any consideration for the future of the fish stocks. And that's the furthest thing from the truth. These days we have very sustainable and well-managed fisheries and that's because fishermen do care.”
- They really do care about the ocean and have paid special attention to its changes. Captain David recalls how he was told by older fishermen about the state of the oceans back then and the amounts and different kinds of fish you would see. But like all things, it different back then as there were no rules or regulations regarding fishing. “Well, there was still ocean dumping. That was common practice back then to society. Now, we've watched people's attitudes change about that, and the planet, and the ocean.”
- America accounts for only about 5 % of the world’s bluefin tuna catch and more than half of this is exported to Japan. In fact, most of the world’s bluefin tuna goes to Japan, where the Japanese use the fish for the highest grade of sashimi. Fun fact: In 2013, Japan restaurant chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura (affectionately called the Tuna King) paid $1.76 million (R28 million) for a tuna that weighed 489 pounds (221 kgs) at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. While this was a record-breaking deal in itself, the Tuna King beat his own record last year by spending a whopping $3.18 million (R51 million).
Wicked Tuna S9 starts on Monday 6 April on National Geographic (181) at 20:00