The coronavirus pandemic’s tidal wave of challenges made its approach to the excessive seas, and viewers of Nationwide Geographic Channel’s “Depraved Tuna” will see a brand new dynamic when the tenth season opens with a 90-minute premiere on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m.
The present is understood for following Gloucester fishermen within the extremely aggressive hunt for large bluefin tuna and the race again to shore in the hunt for the best value for the fish that’s in demand world wide.
That’s till COVID-19 prompted a enterprise shutdown practically a 12 months in the past, with eating places shuttered or working at a fraction of their capability. The market and demand for the normally profitable bluefin sank.
However the fish consumers and the eight captains on “Depraved Tuna” labored collectively to create a plan that will not flood the market and would hold all of them afloat.
“It was nice to see fishermen working along with consumers to do the very best we might in these troublesome occasions. We did not see the costs we noticed prior to now however it was a enjoyable 12 months to take part in as a result of we wished it to be enjoyable,” mentioned Capt. Dave Marciano, who’s again on a newly renovated Onerous Merchandise this season.
“We did not make the cash like previous years however we had been lucky on this local weather to be doing something in any respect. Lots of people are unable to do no matter it’s they do and lots of eating places by no means opened totally. The one factor we wished was for it to be a really optimistic season for the viewers. Collectively all of us have seen sufficient negativity between elections and the pandemic. We really need folks to have enjoyable watching this present and overlook about their worries, and I believe we achieved that,” mentioned Marciano, a Beverly resident who fishes out of Gloucester.
Capt. Paul Hebert of the Depraved Pissah suffered a private loss when his father, Donald Hebert, who was in a nursing residence, died of COVID-19 early within the pandemic. On the time, the captain was filming the spinoff collection “Depraved Tuna: Outer Banks” and, due to restrictions, was unable to go to his dad.
“It was one of many worst issues I have been via. It was such a shock to all of us,” Hebert mentioned.
He hopes this tenth season will probably be a spirit lifter and a brilliant spot for viewers.
“We labored as laborious as we presumably might, and we put a number of time in my boat as a result of my boat is slower but it surely paid off,” he mentioned. “We’re excited for this season and everybody goes to see how all of us got here collectively on this pandemic and all of us helped one another out. I believe the world has had sufficient with all of the combating, and it goes to indicate you when occasions are actually powerful, people who find themselves aggressive can work collectively.”
He gave a shout out to his crew — Rick Schrafft of Rockport and Doug Hittinger of Newburyport — for his or her steadfast labor.
The eight captains put aside their maritime rivalries to search out some camaraderie.
“The pandemic had big penalties,” mentioned Marciano. “What was attention-grabbing this 12 months is we restricted ourselves because of the lack of the markets, and it was an amazing signal that the consumers and fishermen had been working collectively in a gents’s settlement to promote three days per week and never flood the market, and we did not want the federal government to maintain the issue. However there’s all the time a aggressive edge as a result of all people needs to get only one greater than the opposite man.”
Marciano mentioned that is going to be probably the most enjoyable season but, and that enjoyable will go worldwide as a result of “Depraved Tuna” airs internationally in 171 international locations and in 43 languages.
“We now have a implausible dynamic in the best way all of it got here out that can curiosity even non-fishing viewers too. I believe they particularly will take pleasure in this present,” he mentioned. “We wished to create one thing that folks would have enjoyable watching and be part of. With the practically 12 months anniversary of when this pandemic started, all of us are attempting to outlive on this life.”
Reigning champion Capt. T.J. Ott of the Scorching Tuna returns together with Gloucester’s Capt. Dave Carraro, who has probably the most wins of all, aboard the FV-Tuna.com. Additionally competing are Beverly resident Capt. Bob Cook dinner of the Fats Tuna, and new captains Jack Patrican of the Time Flies and Spurge Krasowski of the Moonshine.
Additionally returning is Capt. Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel who too feels the stress.
“It’s simply actually laborious to make a dwelling proper now,” he mentioned. “This 12 months in Gloucester we’re simply hoping to outlive and make a pair bucks. These are unusual occasions.”
One episode this season will showcase the native fleet’s group outreach. New England veterans from the Wounded Warrior Mission had been invited to affix the tuna fishermen — and the proceeds from their catches are donated again to the nonprofit mission.
“We all know these are troublesome occasions,” mentioned Carraro, a five-time champion.
He seen throughout the pandemic that the docks had been unusually quiet at Cape Ann’s Marina.
“The followers, particularly the youngsters, love the present,” mentioned Carraro. “After we are available in from fishing there’s usually a crowd, however this 12 months it was a lot completely different. There have been occasions once we noticed nobody, and if there have been vacationers round, they had been afraid to method us as a result of they did not need to invade our house.”
However with the tenth anniversary season, viewers will get an up shut take a look at how the high-seas tuna-fishing rivalry will unfold from the consolation and security of their houses.
HOW TO WATCH
What: The brand new season of Nationwide Geographic’s hit collection “Depraved Tuna” kicks off with an prolonged 90-minute episode.
The place: Season 10 premieres Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m. on Nationwide Geographic Channel; seasons one via 9 now Streaming on Disney+.
Particulars: For extra data, go to www.natgeotvpressroom.com and observe @WickedTuna on Twitter.