Why do people keep comparing apples to oranges? 1,000 Lb Bluefin Tuna Vs. 1,000 Lb Mako. Female Bluefin can reproduce @ 4-5 years old and produces millions of eggs, and these "breeders" are "shorts" which are highly regulated, and cannot be caught commercially. By the time a giant bluefin reaches it's "monster size" it has probably already spawned hundreds of millions of eggs and offspring. A Female Mako cannot reproduce until it is 18 years (9ft) old and produces 4-18 pups, only every 3 years. More pups depending on size and habitat. So in essence, a very large 1,000 lb female Mako like the one in question, was probably producing the most amount of pups.
A 1,000 lb Bluefin is not a breeder as much as a "Short" 4 year old is. A 1,000 lb Female Mako is more of a breeder than a 400 lb Mako.
The giant bluefin are at least being put to good use, both sustaining fishermen, processors, buyers, sellers, restaurants. All this Mako did was sustain a guy from out of state's ego.
Sorry, but again, you just helped me prove another point. Let me ask you a question......How old do you think this shark is, to get this big???? Would you agree with me that it's probably at the peak of it's life? Hard to disagree with that. So, if you are assuming a 3 year reproductive cycle, and this fish is in the twilight of it's life, you're probably only losing one, MAYBE a second litter. However, you take away that 100 pound female who hasn't even reached reproductive maturity, you are eliminating every litter that shark would have hade. So, in theory, with the facts you just threw out there, it's perfectly logical that this is the IDEAL fish to take out of the ecosystem. Again, if you're only concerned with sea lions (Being greedy cause they steal your fish ), then maybe that's a point.
Oh, and "sustaining" all those jobs???? Pure crap. It has nothing to do with the "industry", but more to do with exotic tastes.
I think you are mistaken when you say that a "good chunk" of the PEI bluefin are kept (by rec anglers):
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My understanding is that a rec angler is fishing under the commercial boat's quota. I also understand that most commercial boats fish for their quota and may reserve a slot or two for anglers who want to "keep" one for a photo with the boat's fish. It would seem from reading many accounts that those boats release and cull fish looking to fill that remaining fish with one in excess 1,000 lbs to maximize their financial reward. I am not certain, but I believe that when they are strictly fishing commercial, they don't have the option to release and cull through fish to take the bigger ones. So it would seem that that the rec angler release loophole creates a symbiotic relationship with the commercials: 1) boat costs are covered by the charter, and 2) presence of rec angler allows them to release and cull through fish to keep the bigger ones and maximize profit from their sale. I haven't fished there myself, so maybe the boy running this site can confirm this.
Sorry, my post got mashed together. I wasn't saying PEI bluefin, I was saying "East Coast Giant Bluefin" in general. I mentioned the PEI just as an example of threads where people get praised. Up and down the east coast, those fish are taken and sold..........