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BlueFin Tuna

Blue Fin Tuna is very exciting fishery off the Cornish coast. This has been done for many years from the Mediterranean, Ireland and USA now they are off our coastline in good numbers.

While shark fishing 2019 we were lucky to hook 32 of these BlueFin and got 25 to the boat. The biggest around 622lb. While there is still no uk quota for them. The EU has again not shared the quota which is now 23,750 tonnes.

All fish that we caught were released after recovery alongside the boat.

In the past 5 years we have been visited by these big game fish and over the few months there has been many Blue Fin Tuna caught in the local waters between Plymouth and Penzance. Most of them halfway between Mevagissey and Falmouth.

Due to the UK government we are currently NOT allowed to target BlueFin Tuna.

While the UK is a member of the EU and the Common Fish Policy (CFP) within the EU, Only 8 EU countries share the EU's 2020 23,750 tonnes of quota.


Atlantic BlueFin tuna (Latin: Thunnus thynnus) were once a common sight in UK waters, ranging throughout the Celtic and North Sea. However, they largely disappeared from British waters in the 1990s and only in recent years have they returned. In the last five years, Atlantic bluefin tuna are frequently reported during the late summer, autumn and winter when they move into coastal areas of the UK to feed on energy rich fish, such as sprats and herring.

Whilst their return to ...our coastal waters is incredibly exciting, we know very little about these magnificent animals; where in the ocean they travel from to the UK, where they go when they leave, and just how many have been seen in recent years. To learn more about bluefin tuna in our coastal waters, the “Thunnus UK” project, with funding from the European Union and Defra, will undertake a 2-year programme of research to provide a baseline understanding of the ecology and distribution of these fish around the UK.

As many of you know we were one of the lucky 3 boats that joined the ThunnusUk Tagging programme. Hampered by the weather only 10 fish were Tagged in the programme. 2019 31 were tagged.

1000s of Blue fin Tuna were seen in the area. I'm still looking in to the possibilities of catch and release quota.



All these photos were taken before the change in guidance.


We are currently not allowed to target these BlueFin Tuna.

All fish accidently caught are released after recovery alongside the boat.

While the UK is a member of the EU and the Common Fish Policy (CFP) within the EU, Only 8 EU countries share the EU's 2018 16,750 tonnes of quota. The UK isn't given any of this.




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