‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Adamantly Explains How Fishing Crews Aren’t Just ‘Pillaging and Taking What We Want’

by Courtney Blackann

When it comes to marine life, there are certainly those who don’t agree with fishing. It’s not a new argument, with activists claiming the seas are being overfished by commercial fishermen. However, the “Wicked Tuna” stars know there are strict regulations in place to make sure such things don’t happen. Responsible fishing is definitely a part of each crew’s life – and livelihood.

As fishermen set out on the open water off the shores of Gloucester, they are not cruising willy-nilly into the sea. Each crew leaves knowing the Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries regulations. They also each know their limits. Just like land animals, there are fishing seasons. And during those seasons, it’s imperative each captain is properly licensed. Additionally, each captain knows how many of each species of fish they’re allotted.

Speaking with Fox News, Captain Dave Marciano attested to this. When asked about controversies of fishing, the “Wicked Tuna” star had answers.

“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,” Marciano said. “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.”

“Wicked Tuna’s” Educational Platform

And Marciano would know. He’s had a lifetime of experience in the fishing industry. More than 30 years to be exact. While “Wicked Tuna” has been around about a decade at this point, Marciano’s been in the game long before the cameras were rolling.

The Gloucester man enjoys the hunt for bluefin tuna. He also enjoys the benefits it brings his hometown. Between bolstering tourism and lending educational benefits, the fishing captain knows the show has sparked a major interest in fishing.

And Marciano likes using that platform to educate the public about the fishing industry.

“You know, if you go back there and if you go back two or three decades, there were no rules or regulations. You know, just society’s attitude in general was you could never catch all the fish in the sea. Let’s not forget back then. Well, there was still ocean dumping,” he said. “That was common practice back then to society. Now, we’ve watched people’s attitudes change about that, and the planet, and the ocean.”

The “Wicked Tuna” star went on to add:

“I’ve actually been very active in the management of fisheries. And it’s one of the things I’m proud of — the success stories that myself, working with other scientists and other fishermen have helped lead to some very great success stories when it comes to fisheries.”