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VIDEO: First Danish bluefin tuna for 50 years caught by Team Westin

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The bluefin tuna was hauled alongside the boat so that it could be tagged by conservation groups.
↑ The first bluefin tuna recorded in Danish waters for half a century is brought alongside the boat.
↑ Jesper Petersen boated the bluefin tuna, which measured 251 cm and weighed approximately 285 kg, after an intense fight.

The first bluefin tuna caught in Danish waters for over 50 years has successfully been caught, tagged and released.

Thomas Petersen Eldor, CEO of fishing tackle manufacturer, Westin, along with Jesper Petersen and Jesper’s son, Alexander Petersen, wrote themselves into the record books by being the first team to successfully land, tag and release a giant bluefin tuna from a  Danish port.

The historic event took place last weekend when conservation groups, DTU Aqua, SLU Aqua, ICCAT and WWF, launched their tagging programme with help from 100 volunteer anglers. The goal of the tagging project is to collect vital data about the tuna’s migration routes, their origin and why they suddenly are back in Scandinavian waters after a 50-year absence.

The historic fish was hooked after just three hours of fishing followed by a hard and intense fight with Jesper behind the rod. With the giant catch secured the team quickly handed the fish over to the scientist from DTU Aqua and ICCAT, who tagged and released the 251cm and approximately 285 kg bluefin tuna back into Skagerrak.

The high-tech satellite tags used in the project measure and store data about the swimming depth of the fish, the surrounding water temperature and light conditions. All this vital data can be helpful in determining how bluefin tuna fishing can become more sustainable

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