Rev. Sun Myung Moon
God's Will and the Ocean
Why We Go
August 31st, 1983 -- Gloucester
WELL, WITHOUT a doubt, everyone now knows that the Moonies have
entered the fishing industry. One thing which has happened as a result
of our fishing is that the fishermen can see exactly what kind of
people we are. We go out in every kind of weather, rain or shine. We
even have women fishing, doing just as well as the men, sometimes
better than the men. The fishermen of Gloucester can't help but see
Surely, they have been talking about it, so the news traveled, even
to the city officials, the mayor included. They know what kind of
transition has taken place in the last ten years since I first came
here in 1974. At that time, the typical daily working hours of the tuna
fishermen went something like this: around ten o'clock in the morning
they'd get out on the sea, and then come back around two o'clock in the
afternoon, with or without the tuna.
At that time, there was no price for the tuna. If they caught a
tuna, they'd come back to the docks, take a picture standing next to
it, and then leave the fish behind. It was only five cents per pound,
so it wasn't even worth the effort to try and sell it. Sometimes, the
fish would just lie there on the dock until it rotted.
The fishermen also remember how the price of tuna went up every
year. Just by ten to fifteen to twenty-five cents a year, or less. The
price never increased by any great amount from year to year. However,
this year, the price came up to close to $5.00 per pound. This trend
will continue and they know it; it's almost a fact. They also realize
that our movement has had an impact on this trend.
If we can catch 200 tuna at the price of $5.00 per pound, we will
break even, or even do better than that. We won't have to suffer this
loss that we now take every year. Please understand that there is a
vision guiding our effort; we will not end up every year like this. In
the next few years, we will go beyond the loss column. Don't have faith
in the results before you. Have faith in the process. We are going
towards a goal. Have faith in that.
Establishing the Tradition
We can suffer our losses year after year until we finally come to
the gaining point, but other people cannot do that. If they lose out
one or two years, they simply quit. One thing we never do is quit. That
is truly our secret. Once this process reaches a certain point, we will
begin to gain rather than suffer loss. When that day comes, and that
day will surely come, people will establish the undisputed conclusion
that as far as tuna goes, Reverend Moon is the "king of all kings.
We also know that we are the ones who value the tradition. Our
tradition is always this: first to create the solid foundation. No
church, no business, no family or person can be successful without a
solid foundation. We know that. Even now, they begin to see it, but not
as clearly as we would hope. However, in a few years, they will see
very clearly what I am doing and they will know I am building up a
tradition so that the fishing industry will not go up and down every
year, but go solidly upward, year after year. Clearly they will begin
to see that this effort is not solely for our own profit.
America has only one last frontier. That is the fishing industry.
There is enormous potential in the fishing industry. Everyone knows
that. 70% of the major fishing grounds in the entire world are in
America. The other 30% is shared by Norway, Japan and all the other
sea-going countries. You can imagine what 70% of the entire world's
catch could be. It's staggering to the imagination how much that could
be, if you think in terms of pounds and sizes of catch. That ocean, of
which 70% belongs to America, is more than twice the size of the land
we now live on. The ocean occupies two-thirds of the globe and land
occupies only one-third of the earth's surface. The potential catch
from the ocean produces far more protein than we could ever bring from
the land. Fish, if you catch them wisely, are consistently there from
year to year. If you take something out of the earth, such as oil, when
you are done with it, there is nothing left. On the other hand, if you
have the consciousness of harvesting fish, that industry can go on
without ever stopping.
Does the average American really care about this? Not so much. They
don't think about this and they don't think about what it means for the
future. No American at all would ever dream that the next generation
after Reverend Moon will be fishermen, but you will be, and so will be
the next generation after that, and after that. Generation after
generation we will become better and better fishermen. Why would we
want to do that? For the sake of mankind, that is why.
Americans are not thinking like that. They are thinking, "Well, I
will live this hard life, but I don't want to encourage my children to
sacrifice like this." Some even stop their children from going to the
ocean. Why? Because it is a hard way of living and the income is not
that great. On the contrary, I am thinking of how to raise up these
very same fishermen. After all, we are going into the same thing for
which they have already lived all their life. We will embrace them and
take care of them. As fast as we grow, we will bring them along with
This fishing industry is an important and vital industry, and it
will become even more so in the future. Even though our church members
may find something they have to attend to somewhere else, we have to
make sure that American fishermen inherit the tradition and spirit of
making a solid foundation from us. And they must carry on this vision,
even if we are absent from it for a time.
People who are now fishing cannot find satisfaction in their work,
unless they can get at least 50% more from their income through fishing
than any job they might take on land. This includes working on shore or
on a dock with boats. Why? On the land, you can plan what you are going
to do, even though it rains or the weather is difficult. But on the
ocean, you cannot plan like that. There are some days, even if you are
ready to work, you cannot go out. The weather simply prevents you.
Therefore, they cannot always depend on their income to be steady. That
is, you have to gain at least 50% more of an income than if you worked
the same amount of time on the land, in order to have an equal amount
of income in the long run. They have to take in the factor of losing
days due to hard weather.
However, the fact is that, in these times, fishermen put in the same
amount of effort which others put in on the land, but often receive up
to 50% less. Sometimes more, but usually less. The result is that most
American fishermen eventually choose to work on the land the first
chance they get something on land that is a little bit better than
fishing. So, whoever will make this fishing industry viable has to
manage some key areas.
The first is, how to sustain the working hours. We have to get up
earlier than normal and to stay out as long as possible before
returning. Others are working only one day, but we have to work two
days to make up for our inexperience. The second is, technique. Since
we have to compensate for the long hours that we put in, we have to
find the better method, the faster method to bring in the fish.
We have to research and study and experiment. We have to establish a
new pattern of fishing. We have to study seriously several points about
fishing. We have to study about the bait, the lines, how to use the
lines and how to use the boat in different waters. All these things
have to be studied and carried out. We have to think deeply about these
things, and plan each area very thoroughly.
Tuna Fishing Techniques
Those who have joined the tuna fleet for the first time raise your
hands. This is your first season. You almost outnumber the experienced
members. Do you expect to catch tuna? Automatically, just like that? I
don't believe in that. If I left you to do things your own way, if I
didn't care and just let you go out and catch tuna however you imagine
it to be done, it wouldn't work. If I left everything up to you without
giving you instructions and covering every detail with you, you would
have never caught one fish. I know that; you know that. Every
experienced fishermen knows the same thing.
Let's think about that. The first thing that is most important in
catching tuna is the boat. The New Hope is an example of this.
It is simply too big to catch tuna and I lost several tuna because of
this factor. Once the tuna bites your bait, no one knows which way it
will go. It will go one way and then turn around and go the other. The
New Hope is simply too big to change direction and go with the
tuna. It's not fast enough.
There are two propellers in the back of the New Hope. When
the tuna comes back and goes underneath the boat, it often catches
against the propeller and cuts the line. The tuna is trying to escape
and it's absolutely frantic. The New Hope is trying to move
around and follow it, but because it is a bigger boat, it takes a long
time to maneuver it. The lines get tangled, and when we are following
the tuna, the propeller is also moving. So, the line just needs to
touch it and the tuna is cut off, lost.
I thought about it for many years and I kept asking myself, "how can
we improve this boat so that it's 100% able to catch tuna?" It was a
very important question, because the result of those thoughts became
the design for the One Hope. You can see that. You have
already experienced the abilities of the One Hope. It can turn
very quickly while following tuna. The boat is actually almost the same
size as a tuna. You can move and fight the tuna, even going easily
between many other boats. You simply cannot do these things with the
New Hope. As you have already experienced, it is easier to
manage when you tangle up the lines between your own boat and other
We used to have to cut the lines all the time, but in doing that,
catching a tuna became so expensive. If you cut all your lines, it is
almost $1,000. I wanted to prevent that loss, not only for ourselves,
but for other fishermen. They can't afford to lose their equipment
either. My major concern was how to avoid having to cut the lines after
the tuna strikes. You could not work on the New Hope because
of this problem. If you were on one side of the bow and the tuna went
under to the other side, it was very difficult to get the lines around,
especially if they were tangled. It became too expensive just to catch
Before you plan or design a boat, you have to take all these things
into consideration. The kind of fish you want to catch and the kind of
boat you design must go hand in hand. We first worried about the
problem of the lines. We had to design the boat with that problem in
mind. My first thought was how to prevent or evade tangling, and then
how to separate quickly after tangling. What you must do, is make sure
that when the tuna strikes, the line can be isolated from the other
lines that are still in the water. Then, you don't have to worry as
much about bringing in the lines. One person can get those other lines
in while the first person works on the bow with the tuna line. Why is
it so important? Most people, before we started fishing, used only one
or two lines because they couldn't solve this tangling problem. I
wanted to fish with five, six, seven, even up to eleven lines, because
the chances of catching a fish are much greater. Now, I am confident to
fish with that many lines because we have solved this problem.
To space the line according to the depth and current are the expert
techniques. We developed these things. Furthermore, the line we are now
using is a perfect set-up. The line will not snap, the hook will not
straighten. All of these things, we developed. You may have wondered
about the line. You may have wondered why it is constructed the way it
is. The reason is so that you can untie it very quickly. If you can
untie it, you can prevent having to cut it, and so lose your line.
The line, if you take reasonable care of it, will last ten or twenty
years. You have to understand there is a technique to all these things.
You have to develop the technique. I realize that this is your first
year of tuna fishing. You didn't understand everything when you got on
the boat, why things were set-up the way they were, but you fished that
way and learned how. Now you have gained the experience of seven years.
This means that after one season, you are in your seventh year of
fishing, so to speak.
I have now explained to you how I considered the size of the boat
and the tuna line technique. Thirdly, I considered the problem of the
anchor line. If you put yourself in the position of the tuna underneath
the water, you can see a great deal of things. There are all sorts of
lines hanging down. There are many, many anchor lines. If the tuna
hooks up, he will head in the direction of the anchor line. He will try
to wrap around the anchor line and get loose from the hook.
The worst problem is your own anchor line because the tuna has such
a little distance to go in order to get to it. Once the tuna strikes,
you cannot let go of the line, no matter what. Often the tuna runs out
and then turns back in, heading straight for the anchor line. If he can
get to that line while it is still attached to the boat, he will cut
the line holding him. We understood this by our experience. When this
happens, you have to give some slack to the tuna, but you run a great
risk of losing him from your line. If, however, you are already cast
off from your anchor, the tuna just wraps the anchor line around its
line. You have to get to the buoy and unwrap the line, but it will not
cut the tuna line because there is not the same tension as when it is
still attached to the boat.
Getting off the anchor line is one of the most important maneuvers
that you will make fighting the fish. Once you drop the anchor line,
you will have a much better chance, fighting the fish one to one, just
yourself and the fish. You always have to keep the tuna line tight.
Once there is slack, you can lose the fish so easily. The tuna may go
up to the surface. Once the tuna bites, you keep pulling and the fish
goes against the pull. But it does not always happen that way.
Sometimes the tuna runs back directly against your pull, then it gives
a jerk and tries to get the hook out of its mouth.
Whenever you make any maneuver with the tuna, you have to think
about keeping the hook in its mouth. The New Hope lost six
fish this summer and three of the cases were just like this. We lost it
because the tuna was able to escape the pressure of the line and get
off the hook. Once you can clear your boat from the buoy line, you have
a 90% chance of bringing the fish in. Even though you are on the boat,
you have to visualize the tuna underneath and analyze how it is
behaving. I am trying to teach you everything about the techniques as
well as how to think about catching the tuna. It is just like you are
in school again. While you are learning, you don't understand it right
at that moment, but afterwards you say to yourself, "Ah, that is what
the teacher meant." By now, by the end of the summer, you should be
able to understand what I am trying to teach you.
The last point to consider is harpooning. As you know, you harpoon
the fish in order to insure that you can bring it to the boat. After
you successfully harpoon the fish, your task is to bring the fish close
to the boat in the minimum amount of time. In this one last moment,
since the tuna is getting tired and you have been constantly pulling,
it comes up to the surface of the water, close to the boat. And then,
he gets a glimpse of what is going on. He sees the people, the boat,
everything. It is completely strange to him. When this happens, the
tuna often makes one last powerful move and heads again for the deep
ocean. You should expect this. Don't pull, but give the tuna the line
that he needs. Don't let it get slack though. This is the one last
chance for the tuna to survive. Then, pull it back up to the boat.
Often the tuna will go straight down deep again. This may happen
once or twice, even three times or more. The Japanese members didn't
understand this. Once they got a tuna harpooned and next to the boat,
they thought it was a disgrace to let it go down again, but they should
have done so. You have to handle the fish and expect what it is
thinking to do next. If you don't do this, then you will lose fish the
more often. If you let the fish get away, it could mean thousands of
dollars lost. Worse yet, it probably means the life of the fish as
Tuna Fishing is Training
For some people, one tuna is more than one month's entire pay. You
have to think more seriously about this. If you had $5,000 cash in your
pocket and you let it drop down into the water, how deeply would you
regret it? You should think about this. It is even more serious with
the tuna, because you not only lose money, but the tuna probably loses
its life. We are more serious than anyone else. Such seriousness is
absolutely important. If we lack a serious and respectful attitude the
tuna will be able to get away. Catching tuna requires the highest
techniques used in all of fishing. Of course, you may not have known
all these things, because you started out with little knowledge of any
kind of fishing, but now that I have explained these things, you have
to think about them. These techniques will be with you wherever you go,
either in the fishing or ocean industry or some other kind of work.
This is because you are learning to apply an attitude of the mind.
Whatever you do in the future, whatever problem you might have, you
can solve it because you can connect it to the lessons you learned
here. You can apply this to any other kind of fishing in the entire
industry. Do you understand? It's a little bit abstract, but it means
that you are learning a type of thinking which can be applied in any
other area of fishing activity. Actually, it can be applied to any kind
As you may have already experienced, this kind of fishing demands
very quick and instantaneous decisions. It doesn't leave you even a few
minutes to think about it. Sometimes you have to make a decision in
that very second; a man's life may depend on you. Certainly, success or
failure depends on your decision in that very moment. A wrong move and
something very dangerous can happen. We always have to think in a
serious and not a frivolous way. This brings us to reflect about the
danger of our lives as we look to the future. At any time, something,
some emergency can occur. You have to think about your life in this
way. It really is serious from moment to moment.
Also, you have learned a great lesson about unity. When all the
people on the boat are united and all the boats are working in harmony,
no one gets hurt and the tuna does not escape from the hook-up. The
tuna strikes, the tuna is pulling and you are pulling too. At that
time, you are thinking about ten things or more. When you are pulling,
you have to think quickly ahead, "next is this and next is that."
Everything is going on in your mind at once. You have to know
exactly what you are going to do next. For example, Jin Sung got a
hook-up. He began to pull and that was all that was on his mind. The
tuna came up to the surface, but no one else knew what to do, they were
just standing around and all the lines were everywhere. If you were in
his position you would have to decide what to do.
Keep everything in consideration and concentrate on what you do.
Always know why you are doing whatever you do and always think about
the next thing that you must do. These things all have to go on at the
same time. I thought for a long time and very seriously about these
techniques and I want you to learn them. It is important. Never waste a
moment or you might lose the opportunity. That's what I want to teach
Investing in Youth and the Future
Why are we fishing for tuna? There are so many other kinds of fish,
flounder, salmon and so forth, that are good to catch. Someday we will
catch all of these fish. However, I am thinking first of how to catch
the imagination of young people. Once a young person catches at least
three tuna, he is hooked for the rest of his life. Every summer comes
and this same person wants to come again. They are thinking, it's so
hot and humid on the land, but out on the ocean it is so calm, so
beautiful and sometimes adventurous." The young person cannot but help
be drawn to that.
Moonies are basically the same as anyone else in the world. Maybe
getting a little bit better, but basically the same. Anyway, we need
incentive in life from time to time. Don't you think so? With tuna, we
have so far been losing money, but I am never worried about that. I
will never let go of the line, never let go of my belief in this. I
know it is the best species to establish this tradition. Nothing
changes a man quickly, not overnight or in one year. I know that it
takes at least ten years for an individual, an average American young
person, to take his mind and really apply it. This is especially true
about the ocean. To really love it takes one, two or three years to
begin. After a long time you become involved to the point where you
can say, "yes, this is my future."
Once you understand how to catch tuna, the excitement cannot be
contained. When someone who knows this starts to talk about catching
tuna, he cannot talk calmly, but has to get excited. He has to recreate
the very moment when the tuna struck the line and go through every
detail of the fight. You are laughing because you already know about
this point. This is such a positive influence upon people who have
never caught tuna. Sometimes you are pulling so hard on the line when
suddenly the tuna gets to the anchor line and cuts off. You fall back
on the boat and crash against it. These are truly experiences that make
life fulfilling. Even though we lose so much money, we are not
We are not fishing for one or two years. We are looking into the
future, even far beyond ten years when this starts to spread and is
shared by more and more people. Then, the whole tide of American youth
will begin to turn towards the ocean. I am sure of that. In order to
insure that, we have to spend at least ten years laying the foundation.
If we do that, they can easily come to our movement and benefit from
their experiences with us. Even in our own movement we have to learn. I
first began to fish, and after six, seven years of fishing myself, I
initiated Ocean Church. In the beginning the leaders of Ocean Church
were hardly able to understand anything, but now there is a point where
some of the leaders understand and they have some maturity. Don't you
feel that? So now is the time when we can begin to invest more money
and practical effort.
I am always ahead of you. When you weren't even thinking of what to
do for the future, I was out there learning how to fish for tuna. Now
you are fishing for tuna and I am already in Alaska. Alaska is
something else. There, you can literally work through the night,
because there is no night. And all that time, you are catching fish. In
Alaska, you can catch halibut. They weigh up to 150 pounds and more.
However, they are as big as the tuna because the halibut is flat. The
tuna takes the line and just pulls straight ahead, but halibut pull by
jerks. If you really like fishing, once you get to Alaska, you will
say, "forget about Provincetown, forget about Gloucester."
There's so much there. For example, when you see the school of cod
fish, you can see all the colors of the ocean. They move like a huge
island of solid fish. If you had a big enough net, how many millions of
pounds that would be! You have to find the way to catch them and send
them all over the world. From there you could make a new tradition for
the American fishing industry. Do you understand a little more clearly
why we go tuna fishing? It is the best fish to start with. Once you
thoroughly learn the tuna techniques, you can go on to any other kind
of fishing with confidence. If you can fish with confidence, you can
revive the entire fishing industry and in so doing, revive America.
This is my hope for you.