The first ever CHART (CatcH And Release Tagging) pilot programme went live in England in August, with the start of the 13 week-long Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ABT) fishing season. From 16th August, flying their specially designed CHART flags and with the benefit of favourable weather conditions, the first week of the CHART programme saw 12 of the 15 permitted vessels and 53 anglers embark from ports in South West and South England, on their first legally permitted trips in search of these incredible ocean giants.
The Chamber will continue supporting the CHART programme in 2022 so that more Skippers in Torbay will be able to increase the availability to engage with this environmentally important tourist opportunity.
In July, skippers and crew members were put through their paces to successfully complete compulsory specialist training
How to tag a tuna? Cefas Scientist Dr Serena Wright and Steve Sweet, Steve Porter, Gary Rook and Mark Butland