Bluefin tuna breaching the water surface in Donegal Bay. Photo courtesy of David Morrissey.


CatcH and Release Tagging

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the largest species of tuna in the ocean and is prized among sports anglers. They are exceptionally powerful and fast fish, capable of reaching speeds of up to 65 km per hour.

A majestic species

The aim of the Tuna CHART programme is to build on our understanding of this majestic species, population demographics and seasonal distribution around the Irish coast. Recreational angling for bluefin tuna is not currently permitted in Ireland; however, as part of Tuna CHART, authorised charter skippers can catch, tag and release bluefin during the open season.

Tuna CHART 2022

Building on the successes of the Tuna CHART programmes of 2019-2021, this scientific data collection catch and release fishery for Ireland will operate in 2022, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.  In 2022, a maximum of 25 authorisations may be granted to qualifying angling charter vessel skippers around the Irish coast. This fishery will open on the 1st of July and close on the 12th of November 2022.

The application window for Tuna CHART 2022 has now closed. Notifications regarding success or otherwise of applications will be sent out on the 16th March 2022. Anglers can participate in the fishery by hiring authorised skippers for Bluefin tuna angling trips during the open season 1st July to 12th November.

Learning from the anglers

As part of Tuna CHART, Inland Fisheries Ireland is carrying out a socio-economic survey of anglers chartering bluefin tuna trips with authorized skippers. This will help us estimate the potential for a future catch and release recreational fishery and provide us with a sustainable way of managing bluefin tuna.

The Tuna CHART programme is a collaborative project between charter skippers, Inland Fisheries Ireland and other agencies:

  • Marine Institute
  • Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
Atlantic bluefin tuna with yellow floy tag visible in its back. Photo courtesy of Adrian Molloy.

For more information about Tuna CHART contact us at:

Tuna CHART, Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, D24 Y265.