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Old 03-23-2010, 05:43 AM
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Hi All,
I am a new tuna fisherman and was wondering what the process is if you catch a big BluefinTuna (i.e. Who do you call if you want to sell the thing?). I will be fishing in Stellwagen Bank off of Cape Cod.

Any help on who the buyers are, where you find them, and what the going rate is would all be appreciated.

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You should better get all your commercial licensing & requirements in place 1st before you go looking to sell, or you won't have that nice Sea Ox for long...

Seriously, regs are very strict around selling tuna commercially, and the general consensus is if you don't already have the gear to meet the commercial requirements (epirb, raft, suits, etc) it's prob. not worth your while. Fish for them, enjoy it, keep what's legal (& what you can eat), and get used to the idea you will spend alot of $$ doing it

The fines are pretty stiff, and they can/will impound your boat for breaking the rules. Even recreationally, make sure you get your NMFS permit before headingout:

https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/initialapp.asp
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Yeah, you will need a LOT of paper. nmfs is the cheapest of the lot, you will also need a couple of state permits.

Then you need solas grade (all of the following) raft, epirb, strobes, type 1 pfd's, immersion suits, flares, etc, etc for every passenger on board.

Where to sell it is the least of your problems. How to sell it is almost as much trouble (consignment vs. cash, and to who).

It's much easier to just make money the old fashioned way - being overpaid and under worked by big soul-less corporations who suck the life blood out of you.
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Yeah, you will need a LOT of paper. nmfs is the cheapest of the lot, you will also need a couple of state permits.

Then you need solas grade (all of the following) raft, epirb, strobes, type 1 pfd's, immersion suits, flares, etc, etc for every passenger on board.

Where to sell it is the least of your problems. How to sell it is almost as much trouble (consignment vs. cash, and to who).

It's much easier to just make money the old fashioned way - being overpaid and under worked by big soul-less corporations who suck the life blood out of you.
Echo what Gerg said.

If you catch a BIG one? No offence but if you are going to sell a fish you best be thinking about when not if.
Just incase you are not aware of it, unless you are a charter/headboat you are either Rec or Comm and never the 2 shall meet. It is 2 different permits and your boat can only be permited in one catagory.
If you are a permitted rec boat you can not sell BFT period. Also you can also only keep one BFT over 73" per year as a trophy fish and it CAN NOT BE SOLD period. The fish you can keep as a rec angler are to small to sell on the Comm market.

If you are a comm permited boat you can only keep fish in excess of 73" for sale everythign under 73" must be released.

As mentioned above:

There is allot of stuff you need to do and have to fish for, and sell GBFT legally, and a buyer is the last thing you will need. The regulations and restrictions can be overwelming alone. If you don’t already have it and need to purchase it, plan on spending a few years worth of selling just to get back what you will need to spend up front to get started. And for someone "new to Tuna fishing all together" plan on spending ALOT of time and money just learning the regulations and restrictions and fishing without catching a BFT big enough to sell. Contrary to what some think it is not exactly easy pickins out there..

If you already have, or get everything required to fish commercially and sell your catch legally, and can make an honest run at it, have fun and GL
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LOL, John-Not directed at anyone here posting responses but to the OP. Alot of up front money with little chance at making it worthwhile...

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Assuming you have all the equipment and documentation what is the answer to his Agoldsc’s question?
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LOL, John-Not directed at anyone here posting responses but to the OP. Alot of up front money with little chance at making it worthwhile...

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Permits schmermits,Keep it ice cold and head down to the local fish market.Psst you wana buy a bluefin...
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Bluefin? Hell no, that's no bluefin! It's a Stellwagen yellowfin!!!

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Yea its a yellowfin,8 dollars a pound...ok deal.
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Hmm, I thought all you had to do was take the head and pec's off and it becomes a big-eye?
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Nope,see the little finetts on his back..its a yelowfin.
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Yea but if you have the ducks lined up right you can use the depreciation schedule quite nicely.Patriot
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...if that day does come when you need to sell a fish, most likely there will be a buyer or two at the G.H. ramp you can talk to.
giant fishing is an incurable disease.......take advantage of the great schoolie fishing and just have fun.
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Then you sell the boat-UH OH...

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