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Tommy’s Outdoors podcast with Dr William Roche- The Demise and Recovery of The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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Outdoorsman, podcaster and speaker Tommy Serafinski hosted Dr William Roche, Senior Research Officer at Inland Fisheries Ireland on a recent episode of his podcast Tommy’s Outdoors. 

The podcast- The Demise and Recover of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna gives an in depth look into the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), the largest tuna in the world. These special creatures frequent Irish coastal waters to feed during its annual migration through North Atlantic waters. This giant of the sea can reach lengths of 4m and 1500lbs. The bluefin is prized by sea anglers for its power and fighting ability and is a very valuable commercial species.

Tagged Bluefin Tuna Donegal Bay 2019. Copyright Adrian Molloy
Tagged Bluefin Tuna Donegal Bay 2019. Copyright Adrian Molloy

William and Tommy discuss the Bluefin Tuna CHART programme and angler-driven fish tagging programmes. The podcast has a particular focus on the Tuna CHART programme whilst also covering the Marine Sportfish Tagging Programme which is aimed at elasmobranch species of fish like sharks, skates and rays and they touch on the bass tagging program.

You can listen to the podcast here: 141: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna with William Roche – Tommy’s Outdoors (tommysoutdoors.com)

The Tuna CHART programme is a collaborative scientific programme between Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Marine Institute in partnership with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC).

To learn more about Atlantic Bluefin Tuna visit: https://www.fisheriesireland.ie/species/atlantic-bluefin-tuna-thunnus-thynnus