‘Wicked Tuna’: Why Dave Marciano Believes in a ‘Bright Future’ for the Fishing Industry

by Amy Myers

According to Wicked Tuna star Dave Marciano, bluefin fishing is going to be around for a long time. With over 30 years of experience behind a reel, the captain believes that the condition of the industry will only get better. Thanks to the changes in the way we treat our oceans, bluefin fishing has a “bright future” ahead.

That’s not to say that Marciano or his fellow Wicked Tuna co-stars don’t appreciate past techniques or protocols. In fact, the show explained that Marciano and fellow captains make their livings the way it’s “been done for centuries.”

This means “rod and reel fishing, one catch at a time — all in pursuit of the bluefin tuna.”

While the style and spirit of fishing may still be the same, there is one very crucial difference that separates the past era of tuna fishing from the current – environmental regulations.

In an interview with Fox News, the Wicked Tuna star described how this change will help sustain the industry.

“Older fishermen used to tell me about the good old days, about, you know, schools of fish that, you know, I never as far at the time and what I’ve seen over my 30-year career as a fisherman is a very bright future for fishing, Marciano shared.

He continued, “You know, if you go back there and if you go back two or three decades, there were no rules or regulations. Let’s not forget back then. Well, there was still ocean dumping. That was common practice back then to society. Now, we’ve watched people’s attitudes change about that, and the planet, and the ocean.”

‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Becomes More Involved with Fisheries

Of course, following regulations is certainly a vital part of preserving the industry and aquatic populations. However, this isn’t the only manner in which Marciano preserves bluefin fishing’s promising future. The Wicked Tuna star explained that when he’s not leading his crew on the Hard Merchandise, he’s visiting fisheries.

“I’ve actually been very active in the management of fisheries,” Marciano shared. “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.”

Ultimately, the Wicked Tuna star believes that the promising state of the industry is because of considerate anglers, even if viewers don’t always see it that way.

“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.”