Building on the success of activities in 2018, Thunnus UK will be conducting additional scientific tagging of Atlantic bluefin tuna this summer (2019) using electronic tags to study the seasonal migrations and behaviour of these fish after having been caught and released in UK waters.
Cefas and the University of Exeter are collaborating on a research project to provide a baseline understanding of the ecology of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus; ABFT) in waters of the British Isles. The project is supported by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
To aid tagging of Atlantic bluefin tuna in south west England, Thunnus UK work with companies supply fishing services for the project: including Black Moon Sportfishing. Our role in the programme will be to catch and supply live Atlantic bluefin tuna for scientific tagging purposes. Black Moon will receive authorisation to target Atlantic bluefin tuna from the MMO and will have scientists onboard who will tag and release any fish caught.
Black Moon Skipper Craig Hall said “We’re really honoured to have been selected again and especially happy that we will have the scientists on our boat this year.”