One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large migratory tuna which is found in warm seas and is very important to the fishing industry.
Thunnus obesus, family Scombridae
- ‘The first bigeye tuna caught in 20 years in U.K. waters was taken off the coast of Dorset.’
- ‘In initial testing, 42 percent more bigeye tuna were caught using Beverly's new weighted, deep-set gear.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It says bigeye tuna is slow-growing and more vulnerable to exploitation than skipjack and yellowfin tuna.’
- ‘Rinse 3 ounces sashimi-grade ahi tuna (yellowfin or bigeye; for bacteria safety, buy it from a good seafood purveyor); pat dry.’
- ‘The international fishing community has blasted China for threatening to deplete bigeye tuna resources in view of the recent upsurge in actual Chinese catches.’
- ‘But even tuna that are fattier, such as bluefin or bigeye tuna, are still healthy because they have plenty of good omega - 3 fats.’
- ‘Dense shoals of red and silver bigeye, soldierfish and yellow and blue-striped snapper cover the reef.’
- ‘Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are graded on the same criteria but not with the same intensity.’
- ‘Six commercially important species: albacore, bigeye, northern and southern bluefin, skipjack and yellowfin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some species, such as bigeye tuna, utilize the heat exchanger only when they enter colder water.’
- ‘Last month Japan persuaded the International Commission of the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna to slash Taiwan's bigeye tuna fishing quota for next year.’
- ‘Tagging of sister taxa such as the bigeye and yellowfin tunas have resulted in similar success.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Australia's southern and western longline fleets target bigeye tuna, recognized as ‘overfished’ in the Indian Ocean, and yellowfin, recognized as ‘fully-fished.’’
- ‘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.’
2A reddish fish with large eyes which lives in moderately deep waters of the tropical Atlantic and the western Indian Ocean.
Priacanthus arenatus, family PriacanthidaeAlso called catalufa
- ‘By nature, Bigeyes should/would be hiding in some rockwork or other structure to hunt and avoid predators.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Bigeye and its relatives are harvested commercially by nets, hook and line, and fish traps; there is some indications that populations are declining.’
- ‘As in other nocturnal fish, bigeyes have just that, big eyes and are red in body color.’
- ‘The bigeye is found throughout the Caribbean, usually at depths greater than 50 feet (15 m) and often occurring in small schools.’
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