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Oct 19, 2018

Big bluefin tuna make California comeback

Big bluefin tuna make California comeback

Large Pacific bluefin tuna not seen in California waters for decades have reappeared, to the delight of fishing enthusiasts and scientists, as global conservation efforts have proven effective for one of the ocean's priciest and most sought-after fish.
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Ryder Devoe, 19, catches a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna while spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, catches a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna while spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, catches a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna while spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, catches a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna while spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, catches a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna while spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, swims a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna back to the boat after spearing the fish during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, swims a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna back to the boat after spear fishing during a free dive off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, comes to the surface after spear fishing a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, stands with his spearfishing gun before boarding a boat to travel overnight in search of large Pacific bluefin off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, cleans and filets the 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna he spearfished off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, holds the heart as he cleans the 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna he spearfished off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, begins to clean the 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna he spearfished off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Pacific bluefin tuna heads sit waiting to be autopsied by NOAA biologists at their facilities in Jolla, California MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe and his brother Fisher search the waters for signs of Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A spearfishing gun sits on the bow of the boat during a free diving trip for large Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, swims back to the boat after spear fishing a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna during a free dive off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe,19, proudly shows off his 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna after free diving to spear the fish off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, moves a 200-pound Pacific bluefin tuna onto the boat after free diving to spear the fish off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe ,19, looks out from his dive mask before free diving for large Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, puts on his freediving gear before entering the ocean in search of large Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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19 year-old Ryder Devoe loads the rubber bands used on his spearfishing gun before going into the ocean off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, carries his spear gun as he goes into the water in search of Bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Ryder Devoe, 19, returns to the boat after looking for large Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of San Diego MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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