Reunited after twenty years: tagged tuna tell us tales of the sea

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Matt 102 Blimey that’s a big bluefin! Matt Bell with the 175 cm southern bluefin tuna he caught near Port MacDonnell. Image: Matt Bell and Dennis Heinicke

We have been reunited with an old friend. We met a long time ago, 22 years in fact, and we certainly left our mark during that first meeting. Now with a long passage of time behind us, we are keen to find where she has been all this time.

We are, of course, talking about the stunning Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT). Tagged in 1993, the fish was reeled in by avid fisherman Matt Bell with the help of Skipper Dennis Heinicke, near Port MacDonnell last week.

We first met ‘Bluey’ when she was approximately two years old. At the time, our scientists were out on the open oceans teaming up with the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna to tag over 11,000 southern bluefin tuna…

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