Although tuna fishing is big business, it is also an amazing leisure activity for those who enjoy the thrill of fishing on the open sea. This is no simple day trip, however. Tuna fishing involved following large schools of fish as they migrate through the oceans, so a fishing trip could easily last for days or even weeks. Spending that much time on the high seas comes with some inherent dangers of its own, not to mention the fact that the tuna industry as a whole has its own set of dangers to keep in mind.
High Seas Dangers
Tuna fishing goes hand-in-hand with all the dangers one typically faces when spending time on a boat on the high seas. A storm could potentially sink the vessel, or the engine could start a fire, or you could simply find yourself drifting in the ocean currents with a limited supply of food and water. These are risks you take any time you go out on the ocean, whether it is for tuna fishing or for a pleasure cruise.
Keep in mind that when fishing for tuna, you are working with large nets that are being thrown overboard. This means you have to pay attention to what is going on around you. The last thing you need is to be knocked overboard by a net, or worse, trapped under water by one.
When nets are hoisted in, they are done so with ropes and cables that are pulled mechanically. This means that there is a lot of loose material one can trip over, and that sometimes that material is moving. Watch where you step to avoid falling unnecessarily.
Dangers to Wildlife
In some areas, such as off the coast of Japan, tuna has been fished to the point that it is considered endangered. Over-fishing is something that should be kept in mind by everyone who takes part in tuna fishing. Conservation efforts to make sure that future generations of tuna thrive are an important element to the tuna fishing industry.
Aside from the danger of over-fishing, tuna fishing also poses a danger to other marine life. Most notably is that dolphins, who are known to follow school of tuna, are in danger of getting caught in nets. Most commercial tuna trollers keep divers on board, who swim out and press down on the nets, allowing dolphins to swim out before the net is hoist up.