Third longest at liberty bluefin tuna tag recovered

IGFA Representative and IGFA Hall of Fame Inductee Captain Al Anderson has probably tagged more Atlantic bluefin tuna than any other individual.  The NMFS Pelagic Game Fish Tagging Center (Miami) has tracked his tagged bluefin tuna for well over five decades now, starting in the late 1960's.   At the present time over 4,700 plus Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) have  carried NMFS tags deployed from Anderson’s vessels.  Recently, a  2  year old 14 lb. school bluefin originally tagged and released by Anderson on October 9, 1997  was recaptured 711 nautical miles from the Northeastern edge of Nova Scotia.   At 5,855 days (or 16 years), this bluefin has the third longest time at liberty ever recorded.  When it was recaptured it weighed approximately 1,200 lb!  Congratulations, Capt. Anderson and thanks for all that you’ve done to increase our knowledge of these amazing fish.

 

 

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