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Tuna Cowboys is an award winning National Geographic documentary that ventures into the Southern Ocean to capture the first ever footage of the Southern Blue Fin Tuna muster.  Produced and directed by Mike Bhana at Natural History New Zealand, Motion Pacific provided topside camera and field director services to the project.


  • WorldFest Film Festival – September 2004: Best of the Festival Awards – TUNA COWBOYS.
  • WorldFest Film Festival – April 2004: Special Jury Prize – Creative Excellence in Film – TUNA COWBOYS.
  • Belgrade Underwater Film Festival – December 2003: 2nd Place in Group A – TUNA COWBOYS.
  • Mondial Film Festival – France November 2003: Palme D’Or – Best Film: TUNA COWBOYS.



 Shooting Tuna Cowboys with able seaman Ed Jowett (NHNZ) at the wheel.