Definition of bigeye in English:



  • 1A large migratory tuna which is found in warm seas and is very important to the fishing industry.

    Thunnus obesus, family Scombridae

    • ‘In initial testing, 42 percent more bigeye tuna were caught using Beverly's new weighted, deep-set gear.’
    • ‘Overfishing I think is a significant component of its being caught by purse seine vessels in their juvenile state, and bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna in their juvenile state almost look alike.’
    • ‘Last month Japan persuaded the International Commission of the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna to slash Taiwan's bigeye tuna fishing quota for next year.’
    • ‘Rinse 3 ounces sashimi-grade ahi tuna (yellowfin or bigeye; for bacteria safety, buy it from a good seafood purveyor); pat dry.’
    • ‘It says bigeye tuna is slow-growing and more vulnerable to exploitation than skipjack and yellowfin tuna.’
    • ‘Included in the list of species that are being overfished are seafood favorites such as monkfish, Atlantic swordfish, Atlantic bigeye tuna, grouper, Atlantic flounders, Atlantic cod, and red snapper.’
    • ‘The Fisheries Agency also expressed concern that China has sharply increased its harvesting of bigeye tuna by reflagging ships so that they do not come under catch quota restrictions.’
    • ‘Dense shoals of red and silver bigeye, soldierfish and yellow and blue-striped snapper cover the reef.’
    • ‘The rapid advances in this tag technique have led to a wealth of new information on the physiology, behavior and distribution of northern and southern bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tunas.’
    • ‘Some 80 to 90 percent of the bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna caught by Taiwanese fishermen is exported to Japan, the largest market for seafood in Asia.’
    • ‘Australia's southern and western longline fleets target bigeye tuna, recognized as ‘overfished’ in the Indian Ocean, and yellowfin, recognized as ‘fully-fished.’’
    • ‘Tagging of sister taxa such as the bigeye and yellowfin tunas have resulted in similar success.’
    • ‘The international fishing community has blasted China for threatening to deplete bigeye tuna resources in view of the recent upsurge in actual Chinese catches.’
    • ‘There were shoals of blue-spine unicornfish, frogfish, lionfish, the buzzing bigeyes and the biggest pufferfish I had ever seen, content to lie on the coral rubble on the seabed.’
    • ‘Some species, such as bigeye tuna, utilize the heat exchanger only when they enter colder water.’
    • ‘But even tuna that are fattier, such as bluefin or bigeye tuna, are still healthy because they have plenty of good omega - 3 fats.’
    • ‘The first bigeye tuna caught in 20 years in U.K. waters was taken off the coast of Dorset.’
    • ‘Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are graded on the same criteria but not with the same intensity.’
    • ‘China has rejected an international recommendation that it reduce its catch quota of bigeye tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and its number of long-line tuna fishing boats, Fisheries Agency officials said Friday.’
    • ‘Six commercially important species: albacore, bigeye, northern and southern bluefin, skipjack and yellowfin.’
  • 2A reddish fish with large eyes which lives in moderately deep waters of the tropical Atlantic and the western Indian Ocean.

    Priacanthus arenatus, family Priacanthidae

    Also called catalufa
    • ‘The bigeye is found throughout the Caribbean, usually at depths greater than 50 feet (15 m) and often occurring in small schools.’
    • ‘As in other nocturnal fish, bigeyes have just that, big eyes and are red in body color.’
    • ‘By nature, Bigeyes should/would be hiding in some rockwork or other structure to hunt and avoid predators.’
    • ‘Bigeye and its relatives are harvested commercially by nets, hook and line, and fish traps; there is some indications that populations are declining.’
    • ‘While I was observing a dense mass of postlarval bigeyes circling a night light in the Bahamas, some gray snappers arrived on the scene and began to prey upon the small fish.’