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


CatcH and Release Tagging

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

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, where they live at sea and their migration patterns. Recreational angling for bluefin tuna is not currently permitted in Ireland; however, as part of the Tuna CHART pilot project, fifteen experienced charter skippers were authorized to catch, tag and release bluefin for a limited season from 2019. Each skipper in return, tags and collects data on every bluefin tuna that they catch.

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.


Expression of Interest (EOI) to Participate in Tuna CHART 2021
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