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Electric poling machine

Date: before 1988
Overall: 690 x 548 x 279 mm, 110 kg
Medium: Metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Automatic poling machine
Object No: 00006050

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    This electric poling machine was used to catch southern bluefin tuna. Electric poling machines share the work of the tuna catchers. They simulate the jiggling action of the manual operators but are faster and never tire.
    SignificanceThis is an example of the types of equipment used in the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishing Industry.
    HistoryTraditionally tuna were caught using the live bait and pole method, an exhausting contest between the fisherman and tuna weighing up to 80kg. The introduction of electric poling machines put an end to this back breaking work and ensured an increase in the tuna haul.

    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 however 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

    Web title: Electric poling machine

    Assigned title: Automatic poling machine

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