On 31st October 2018 in collaboration with the Angling Trust we formally launched our Campaign for a Live release Recreational UK Bluefin Tuna Fishery. We are now taking our arguments to Government officials, MP's, and spreading the word through a range of media outlets. This is a unique opportunity to write the story of the future of Bluefin Tuna in UK waters. Our proposal would set a new benchmark in the enlightened, effective management of this iconic, valuable and vulnerable species.
See below for our briefing papers making the case for our proposed fishery.
From the warm waters of the Med and Gulf of Mexico, to the icy North Atlantic, these amazing fish transit thousands of miles. Growing to over 1,500lb, capable of speeds of up to 45/50mph, they are an amazing feat of fishy nature. Read here about their recent history in UK waters, and just how unique they are physiologically!
The management of Atlantic Bluefin is a complex, politicised process. A UK recreational fishery along the lines we propose would set a new benchmark for sustainable, scientifically and economically optimal management. Check out how they are managed and why a recreational fishery is the way forward.
Bluefin Tuna UK are a group of individuals and organisations who believe passionately that this Iconic fish needs to be managed in a new, sustainable, economically optimal way. Find out more about who we are here
Here you will find a range of useful links. MMO guidance on the law with regard to fishing for UK Bluefin. Studies on the economic value of recreational fisheries and mortality rates in such fisheries. The Angling Trust's dedicated Bluefin Campaign page, and more.