Eric Hesse started fishing in 1984 and is one of the few bluefin tuna fishermen left who uses the traditional hand-thrown harpoon. He started fishing in college but didn't become a full-time fisherman until after graduate school. He pursues bluefin on his F/V Mattanza, which is the name of the annual Italian weir fishery. His sons Zachary and Cooper serve as mates. Eric's goal is to find solutions to improve the ways fisheries are managed and make small-boat fishing a more viable career—not just for himself, but for the next generation of fishermen.
"Commercial fishermen always stay within the catch limits the federal government establishes for this highly prized species. New England boasts a truly sustainable fishery, so always ask where your bluefin tuna comes from."
In the News
"Meet the fisherman: Eric Hesse," The Cape Codder, June 16, 2012