Discovery: Tuna Wranglers - Sunday 9 December

Best Adventure Documentation, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride, USA

Best Adventure Documentation, Proprad, Bratislava, Slovakia

Channel Premiere: Tuna Wranglers

Discovery Channel – Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm (Eps 1 & 2 back to back)

Meet fishermen who work in one of the most remote and dangerous places on Earth – Australia’s Southern Ocean. 400 kilometres from land, a crew of brave men must fight storms and sharks for the ultimate catch: millions of dollars worth of tuna. But they don’t just have to catch the fish; the fishermen must round them up and keep them alive in shark-infested water and shepherd them back to land, hundreds of thousands at a time. Once the tuna have been towed back to port, they are sold to the lucrative Japanese market. One pen of fish can be worth over $11 million and one perfect fish can capture $85,000. It takes a certain kind of person to willingly jump into a tuna pen and wrestle deadly sharks out with their bare hands. For South Australia’s tuna fishermen, it’s all in a day’s work and this film is their story. Tuna wrangling is a remarkable but highly risky new method of fishing that has made fortunes for its pioneers.

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  • curious

    Does anyone know the names of any of these companies? How to contact them or how to get involved with this line of work?