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Tuna poling pad

Date: before 1988
Overall: 70 x 331 x 254 mm, 1.35 kg
Medium: Leather, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Poling pad
Object No: 00006048
Place Manufactured:South Australia

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    This tuna poling (butt) pad consists of a green leather apron and black leather belt to tie around the waist. The pad forms a support base in which the tuna pole sits. Catching tuna with bamboo or fibreglass poles is back-breaking word conducted at a furious pace. The butt pad protects the groin as heavy fish are swung inboard.
    SignificanceThis item provides a significant example of the types of fishing technology and equipment used in the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishing Industry.
    HistoryTuna can be caught using the live bait and pole method. It is an exhausting contest between the fisherman and tuna weighing up to 80kg. A school (patch) is located by a lookout or spotter plane and lured to resemble a shoal of baitfish. Live bait (chum, berley) is thrown to the tuna to start a feeding frenzy. Fresh or frozen bait, even feathers, are jiggled at the end of short lines on poles. Tonnes of tuna can be landed in sessions that might last for hours.

    Five commercially important species of tuna are caught off South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia as they pass on their migratory routes. Overfishing has drastically reduced numbers, particularly of the southern bluefin tuna. To overcome the problem quotas are set which limit the total amount of tuna caught in season. However demand has almost outstripped supply. The canning industry and the export of whole frozen or chilled tuna keep the fishery alive today - but only while the stocks last.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Poling pad with a green leather apron which is attached to a black leather belt to tie around the waist

    Web title: Tuna poling pad

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