A big shout out to those boats who have managed to tag and release a bluefin tuna as part of the Tuna CHART Programme in the past week.

First up we have a big shout out for a couple of firsts as some of our charter boats managed to break their duck and tag their first ever tuna during the week. Baltimore Angling got off the mark with their first tuna and then went and got another one just to make sure. While a bit further east along the coast Sea Angling Charters also managed to get off the mark with their first bluefin.

Further north, more seasoned bluefin boats such as Kiwi Girl, Tuna.ie, Killybegs Fishing Charters and Wild Atlantic Way Angling all managed tag and release a tuna or two.

Bluefin Tuna fishing may only be carried out by authorised vessels as part of the Tuna CHART (Catch and Release Tagging) a Bluefin Tuna Data Collection Programme. The list of authorised boats is given below and more information can be found here.

Authorised blue fin tuna boats 2020

Vessel name
Current Port
Adrian Molloy
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Brian McGilloway
Killybegs Co. Donegal
Donal McMenamin
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Michael Callaghan
Killybegs, Teelin, Co. Donegal
Michael McGettigan
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Patrick O’Doherty
Bundoran Pier Co. Donegal
Daryl Ewing
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Declan Kilgannon
Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
John Brittain
Cleggan, Co. Galway
Luke Aston
Carrigaholt, Co. Clare
Noel Kelleher
Kilrush, Co. Clare
Peter Power
Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
Thomas McCallion
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Carroll O’Donoghue
Kinsale, Co. Cork
David Edwards
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
Derek Schwartau
Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Séan Maxwell
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
Tony Santry
Marlogue, Cobh Island, Cork Harbor
Adrian Nowotynski
Union Hall Co. Cork
Kieran Collins
Baltimore, Co. Cork
Tom Collins
Reen, Union Hall, Co. Cork