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