Fishing for bluefin tuna, the “king of the oceans”
Before the 70’s, tuna fishing in Quebec and the Maritimes was widespread due to the sheer number of fish. This was followed by a period of decline due to human activity and the reduction in schools of herring and mackerel, tuna’s favourite food. In recent years, however, tuna have returned to Gaspésie, allowing the industry to resume.
Initially destined for export, notably to Japan where tuna is highly prized, the fishermen then sought to bring this product to Quebec in collaboration with local chefs.
In Quebec, around 130 tuna are caught each year, a rare and regulated commodity, with each fisherman entitled to catch up to two tuna under a dedicated permit. Angling is done in an eco-responsible manner.