Although the Bluefin tuna fishery remains closed, the first Bluefin tuna caught under the Tuna CHART catch & release pilot programme was tagged and released earlier this month. The fish, estimated weight 280lb, was caught by an angler on board the Leah C, one of the 15 charter angling boats officially authorised to fish for Bluefin tuna under the highly regulated Tuna CHART data collection pilot programme nationally. More details of Tuna CHART on https://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Press-releases/15-angling-vessels-to-receive-authorisation-as-part-of-bluefin-tuna-data-collection-pilot-programme.html  The lucky boat was fishing on Donegal Bay where there have been a number of tuna “busts” sighted. Since then a number of fish have been tagged and released when weather conditions and luck have allowed.