i just got back from fishing albacore tuna (sharp frozen at sea therefore sashimi grade) 120 kms off the beach of oregon and washington for 4 months.
you have to wait till late in the year for the tuna to come in canadian waters and by then its in october and its too late.
canadians have to buy a license for the the privledge to fish in american waters which costed my captain 15,000 dollars this year.
fisherman get only 1.25 per pound on average while the fish markets which process our fish get 12.99 a pound for the tuna loins, so fisherman get ripped off considering how dangerous the job is. i have to worry about falling overboard while the boat is running at night into 15 degree waters as i'm taking a piss and if i fall overboard all i can do is watch the boat run away while the captain is sleeping. thats why they find a lot of deckhands drowned with their flys open. then there is the fucking oil tankers that i have to think about killing me in my sleep in the middle of the night.
but for a student its kind of worth the risk, as a deckhand i made 3700 for one trip, but the tuna fishing got progressively worse as the year went on and the season was supposed to last till the end of october but all the big tuna players are back in port now. i think i made 6 or 7 thousand over the summer. and i ate a lot of sashimi. probably if i paid for all the tuna i ate it would come to around 500 dollars in a restaurant. its funny because i won't even order albacore anymore at tuna restraunts because it'll never be as fresh as eating it the day after you caught it. (you have to freeze the tuna first to kill the parasites then thaw it out)
and blue fin is coralled in seine nets then speared which is not sustainable fishing.
we trolled our tuna and never caught anything that we weren't supposed to.
the biggest tuna that i caught this year was 36 pounds and if you can't handle blood don't tuna fish. they bleed like a fucking lamb.
i've also been to japan for a little while, and its a nice place. although the older people are racists as fuck. the young kids are cool though.