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The captains and their fishing boat crews from Gloucester, Mass., gathered this week for a screening of the "Wicked Tuna" new reality series that begins Sunday at 10 p.m. (EDT) on the National Geographic Channel.

Photo/Gloucester, Mass., Daily Times
CNHI News Service

Fishermen from this seaside town, last featured in the popular 2000 movie "The Perfect Storm," will get national exposure again in a new reality show, "Wicked Tuna," which premieres Sunday on the National Geographic Channel.

Episodes of the show will run over the next 10 weeks, providing an inside look at bluefin tuna fishing out of Gloucester Harbor, including the thrill and despair of the hunt for the highly marketable species.

National Georgraphic said the hour-long show will start at 10 p.m. eastern time on consecutive Sundays.

Dave Marciano, captain of the 38-foot tuna boat Hard Merchandise, is one of several local fishermen in the show.

He predicted it would be as popular as the "Deadliest Catch" about the adventures of Alaskan King Crabbing boats on the Discovery Channel.

"Fishing is all I know how to do," he said at a gathering of the show's cast, their family and friends for a pre-screening and party. "I can say I enjoy my job. It's not always all about the money."

Tuna fishing is a lucrative business off the coast of Massachusetts. Japanese brokers pay large sums for the large tuna because it is a favorite of sushi eaters.

Gloucester is the country's oldest fishing port, and was the setting for Warner Bros. film based on author Sebastian Junger's "Perfect Storm" novel about the plight of the crew of the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail. The book was based on the real-life story of the boat's sinking in 1991 during a disastrous storm.

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Details for this story were provided by the Gloucester, Mass., Daily Times.

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