Since 2016 Atlantic Bluefin have been regular, seasonal visitors to the Western waters of the UK. Evidence points to long term cyclical climatic changes in the North Atlantic as a key driver of this.
Additionally, Multiple stock assessments indicate a sharp recovery in Stocks since the lows of the early 2000's.
See our report below for the real story about the fall and rise of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
This Campaign group, supported by the Angling Trust, anglers and fishing clubs, and dozens of charter vessel and other businesses is lobbying the UK Government to take a lead in the management of Atlantic Bluefin.
The establishment of a recreational live release fishery would fully realise the scientific and economic opportunities that their return the the far NE Atlantic presents.
Our website contains a range of articles explaining these opportunities, as well as information of the physiology, history and other aspects of this iconic king of the fishes.
They're back, let's give them a future.
You can't read anything in the mainstream media or from some conservation bodies about Atlantic Bluefin Tuna without the deafening, repeated use of 'ENDANGERED'.
That status was applied by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2011.
Since then, the Global Quota, or Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Atlantic Bluefin has been nearly tripled. So who is right?
Some lockdown induced spare time had me digging on this topic further. Download the article below.
We have been Campaigning since 2018 for a long term fully fledged Recreational live release Atlantic Bluefin fishery in the UK.
Since early 2020, we have also been arguing for an interim, year to year ICCAT sanctioned large scale, angler led Floy tagging program. Such programs have been operated in Denmark, Sweden and Ireland for several years.
Our publications below outline our arguments for these programs.
Bluefin live! Our blog updates cover a wide range of topics and aim to provide the truth about what's happening with Bluefin, as well as frequent updates on our Campaign.
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
The management of Atlantic Bluefin is a complex, politicised process. Check out how they are managed and why the live release recreational fishery we are proposing is the only sensible way forward.
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 amazing physiology and recent history in UK waters.
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.