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First Danish Bluefin Tuna has successfully been caught, tagged and released. Westin CEO and angler Thomas Petersen Eldor, Jesper Petersen and Jesper’s son Alexander Petersen wrote themselves into the record books by being the first team to successfully land, tag and release a giant bluefin tuna from Danish port.

The historic event took place Saturday 9th of September 2017 where DTU Aqua, SLU Aqua, ICCAT and WWF launched their tagging program with help from 100 volunteer anglers. The goal of the tagging project is to collect vital data about the tuna’s migration routes, their origin and why they suddenly are back in Scandinavian waters after a 50-year absence.

The historic fish was hooked after just three hours of fishing followed by a hard and intense fight with Jesper behind the rod. With the giant catch secured the team quickly handed the fish over to the scientist from DTU Aqua and ICCAT, who tagged and released the 251cm and approximately 285 kg bluefin tuna back into Skagerrak.

The high-tech satellite tags used in the project measure and store data about the fish’s swimming depth, the surrounding water temperature and light conditions. All vital data than can be helpful in determining how the bluefin tuna fishing can become more sustainable.

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