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Juvenile bluefin tunas can dive to depths of more than 1000 meters
Date:9/30/2009

and an estimate of its geographical position. In order to download the stored information the whole fish has to be sent to AZTI-Tecnalia.

It is not the first time that a tagged fish has been recovered. In fact, the crew members of the recreational craft, Ta Rosario, which tagged this fish, also released a bluefin tuna undertaking a transatlantic migration on 25 July 2005: the fish was subsequently found off the coast of Massachusetts (USA) on 14 September 2007. It measured 68 centimeters and weighed 5.5 kilograms when it was tagged in the Gulf of Biscay; 775 days later it was found measuring 114 centimeters and weighing 30 kilograms. The fish had travelled 3,330 marine miles, some 6,000 kilometers (measured as the crow flies).

The fishing campaign of keeping tuna fish alive for tagging purposes has been carried out in the Basque Country for seven years now, promoted by the Basque Government on signing the joint working agreement between the Basque Federation of Sailing and Recreational Fishing Associations (FASNAPER) and the AZTI-Tecnalia Technological Centre - experts in Marine and Food Research. Since then, Basque recreational vessels have tagged 4,074 fish albacore tuna, bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna or skipjack, in the contest category of both sportive activity and recreational fishery. This collaboration with recreational fishermen is key activity promoting a responsible fishing and complementary to scientific tagging surveys. To date, 123 such recreational vessels have been involved in these campaigns.


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