Tuna pilot study of South West Objective
Robin Turner, Newlyn fish merchant and processor has been
allocated a grant for over £40,000 to conduct a pilot
project to find out whether there is a commercial and environmentally
sound fishery for tuna.
The aims of the trial are to see if tuna species are present
in South West waters and to see if they are accessible to small inshore
vessels using fishing gear, which will not affect other species.
A highly experienced Cornish skipper and crew will run the
vessel being used and will be working alongside a skilled
marine biologist to complete the trial. Specialist equipment
has been fitted to the vessel in order to carry out the survey.
The equipment will allow the crew to attract and safely catch
the tuna, bringing it alongside the vessel, where it will
be identified, measured, tagged and released.
Once the trial has been completed a comprehensive report
will be prepared detailing the methods employed and a discussion
of the feasibility of pursuing tuna commercially for the South
West using small boats on an ongoing basis.
Robin Turner, J H Turner & Co commented: As a fishing
innovation I believe that this experiment could break some
new and exciting ground for the future, with the ability to
accurately record what is going to take place during the study.
Spike Searle, Project Officer of South West Pesca added: This
project is an exciting and innovative attempt to properly
assess a stock before deciding on how best to fish for it
For more information please contact:
Spike Searle, Project Officer
South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro,
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
J H Turner & Co
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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