Clarification from SFPA regarding Rules Governing Bluefin Tuna in Ireland

From Susan Steele, Chair of the SFPA : “Ireland does not have a direct fishery for Bluefin Tuna in Ireland.  Ireland does have a 1% by catch of Bluefin Tuna as part of the Northern Albacore fishery.  The vessels that partake in the Northern Albacore fishery must obtain a specific fishing authorisation from the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine.  For anyone engaged in sports or recreational sea angling this means that if a Bluefin Tuna is caught while sea angling it has to be immediately released as the fish cannot be targeted or landed by an Irish boat.’

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