AQUAPHOTO

First Satellite tagging of Bluefin Tuna off Donegal 2003

This photo essay in October 2003 shows the first time bluefin tuna were satellite tagged in Irish waters. Adrian Molloy of Kilcar was the charter skipper and the man to find bluefin off Donegal in his boat the Naomh Cartha. Andre Boustany from Barbara Blocks US 'Tag a Giant' Tuna tagging program, Stanford University . Two lucky UK anglers James Heggie and Richard Fishbourne. Six months after the tagging in March 2004 the tags popped to the surface and located each of the tuna. One off Portugal and the other of the Bahamas proving mixing of East and West Atlantic tuna stocks. Photographs by Shay Fennelly

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Fishbourne braces
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Playing a tuna
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Holding on to a bluefin tuna
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Playing a tuna
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Holding on to a bluefin tuna
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Keep the lines apart
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James Heggie plays his first bluefin tuna
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Playing a 450lb bluefin tuna
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Adrian Molloy holds a bluefin tuna
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