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PLYMOUTH 5-6th July 2014
FESTIVAL CHAMPION


(Picture courtesy & copyright Mike Millman)

2014 BCC FESTIVAL CHAMPION Chris Goddard
of Guildford with the Hetty Eathorne Trophy
presented by Club President Bryn Lavis.
Winning Conger Eel weighed 59lb 13oz was captured from Ian Holman's
"Ace’s High"

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These five girls find a Bluefin Tuna floating in the sea off Kingsand Beach, Cornwall
Whilst kayaking. Sadly there find was confiscated. Do you know why? 
The 300lbs Bluefin tuna was spotted yesterday (Saturday) by pals Sarah Little, aged 22, Laura Pickervance, aged 23, Hannah Ford, aged 24, Shauna Creamer, aged 23 and Charlotte Chambers, aged 24. It measured 2.17m – 7ft 1ins – and was found floating in waist-deep water by the beach as the friends enjoyed a holiday in Kingsand.

 

Blue Fin Tuna are very rare in British waters where it is illegal to catch them, but experts say the fish is worth around £1,000,000.

Last year a 4ft 6ins long barrel-shaped fish was found floundering off Torquay – around half the size – and was valued at £500,000.

But sadly for the girls the 300lb fish was taken by officials from the Marine Management Organisation, part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The species is critically endangered, and it is illegal to catch or sell them in British waters – so the girls reportedly won’t see any money for their epic find.

Somebody in the neighbouring village of Cawsand had reported seeing what they thought was a dolphin trying to beach itself the night before, which now seems possible to have been the fish.

A spokesman for the Marine Management Organisation has identified to find as a bluefin, and there is an EU ban on the sale of them.  It has been confiscated by the MMO, and taken to a freezer in Plymouth.

A spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society, confirmed that bluefin tuna are rare visitors this far north. He said: “This is a rare event, as Atlantic bluefin are only sporadically seen and reported in the English Channel. They are rare because they have been fished heavily in recent decades, and the species is close to extinction.”

It is due to be transported to the University of Exeter tomorrow to be studied by scientists.

The specimen is still a tiddler compared to some bluefin tuna which have been known to grow over eight feet long and weigh more than 950lb. In parts of the world where it is legal to catch them bluefin tuna can fetch vast amounts of money.

In January, a 489lb specimen sold at a Tokyo fish market for nearly £1.1million.


 

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