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Minister protects bluefin tuna

14 September 2018

The Environment Minister has signed a ministerial order which will prohibit recreational fishermen from catching bluefin tuna.

The amended Sea Fisheries (Bag Limit) (Jersey) Order 2016 comes into force today, Friday 14 September, and reduces the bag limit for the species to zero.

Bluefin tuna are categorised as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The IUCN indicated in their stock assessment 2017 that 'over-fishing and under-reporting are hindering recovery.'

Deputy John Young said: "Legal measures have been in place for a number of years to protect bluefin tuna from commercial fishing, but the law didn't include recreational fishermen. I felt it necessary to address this in order to protect this endangered species."

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