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Quite a catch: massive 300lb tuna brought in off the Cornish coast

Credit: Irving of Exeter

A giant tuna weighing over 300lbs has been caught off the Cornish coast.

The Giant Atlantic Bluefin tuna, which is worth thousands of pounds on the black market, was hauled in five miles off the shore.

Dan Gardner, who skippers the boat, said the creature put up quite a fight.

This one got on the boat but we wont be doing that again.

It put my back out. It can stay in the water next time

– Dan Gardner

It took fisherman Alan Wright three hours to haul in the massive fish. They put a rope around its tail and balanced the fish under its chin to calm it down.

They then bundled it aboard where they measured it – and it was 78 inches from tail to jaw.

Bluefin are one of the largest species of tuna and can live up to 40 years.

In 2013 a Bluefin Tuna sold for a record £1.09 million at a Tokyo auction.

One bluefin tuna sold for a record £1.1 million Credit: TV TOKYO

They are one of the most valuable fish in the sea. They are worth tens of thousands of pounds.

But it is illegal and they are only worth that on the black market.

– Dan Gardner

The huge fish is an endangered species and highly protected - after taking a photo this giant was gently released back into the sea.



Help for fishermen to adjust to discard ban

The plans include access to funding for new equipment, increased catches and more flexibility over quotas. Credit: David Davies/Press Association Images

Camborne MP and Fisheries Minister George Eustice will be unveiling plans today to help fishermen prepare for the discard ban.

In January, it will be against the law for them to throw back species like haddock, sole and plaice. The plans include access to funding for new equipment, increased catches and more flexibility over quotas.

Bumper scallop season for Plymouth fish market

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years Credit: Plymouth Fisheries

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years according to Plymouth Fisheries.

The fresh fish market has reported a record number of visiting scallopers in recent months, as boats journey to the region to fish for scallops.

The King Scallop is the main stay of the UK fishing industry, and the South West is having an especially strong season, one of the best for years.

Over the years, this has proved to be a well-managed fishery and stocks remain healthy, so with no quotas on King Scallops, skippers can generally land as many as they like.

The larger,more powerful vessels are restricted to the number of days each year that they can fish for scallops, and there are various seasonal closed areas on the in shore grounds around the coast which prevent overfishing by the smaller boats.

– Pete Bromley, Manager of Plymouth Fisheries
King Explorer at Plymouth Fisheries Credit: Plymouth Fisheries

Seal fights anglers for fish

Dartmouth-based fishing charter firm, Outlaw got more than it bargained for last weekend when it took some regulars on a trip on the Mid-Channel Wrecks in search of winter pollock.

The seal would not let the fish escape without a fight Credit: Owen Mallia

Tim Smith from Dawlish hooked a fish but had to fight off a seal for his prize. The boat's owner describes what happened.

Tim had just retrieved the fish to mid-water when suddenly his rod dipped viciously right over the rail, he now appeared to have a real battle on his hands, slowly he gained on the fish until his pollock broke the surface some distance from the boat.

It was clear he had caught a pollock, but trailing right behind his catch was a beady pair of eyes and whiskers – a seal had decided to attack his fish on the way up and hung on to it right on to the bitter end.

Thankfully, only the fish was hooked and as he reeled in his pollock towards Outlaw, the seal stubbornly let go and disappeared back to the deep.

– Owen Mallia, Skipper, Outlaw
You can just see the muzzle of the hungry seal trying to stop the fishermen stealing his lunch Credit: Owen Mallia

The same thing happened to two more anglers - and so, when the seal surfaced again, the skipper handed him a pollock, which he took and disappeared for the rest of the day, leaving the fishermen to fish in peace.

Tim Smith from Dawlish - who battled a seal for his prize - will certainly dine out on this tale for years to come Credit: Owen Mallia
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