Around St. Margaret's Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada, fishing is a major industry. The most?
Around St. Margaret's Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada, fishing is a major industry. The most important catch is mackerel - a small fish that is popular all over the world.
However, almost by accident, the mackerel fishermen have an additional source of income from the giant blue-fin tuna fish that prey on the mackerel and follow them into the traps set by the fishermen.
For year these tuna were just a nuisance. In Canada and the U.S.A they are only used for pet food, but in Japan blue-fin tuna is considered to be a gourmet's delight, so the east coast fishermen took advantage of this market and catching the species has developed into an export business worth a quarter of a million dollars a year.
The Japanese are very fussy about their blue-fin tuna - it is eaten raw with various sauces - sop during the season they send a supervisor to the processing plant in St. Margaret's Bay to ensure that the fish being iced, wrapped and packed for export to Tokyo is both fresh and has exactly the right fat content.
There's talk about federal fisheries officials putting a quota ont eh blue-fin tuna next year, because of fears that the species might be in danger of extinction, but the Nova Scotia fishermen are totally sceptical about this: "You can't tell a tuna about quotas" they say, "Tuna just swim into the mackerel traps and there is no way of stopping them."