Recreational anglers are to take part in a tagging exercise to help research on bluefin tuna stocks.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) has given the green light to a project that is designed to obtain information on the eco-biology of the fish through conventional tagging.
ICCAT adds that the scheme will also encourage the practice of catch and release.
The project is being carried out under the supervision of Dr Antonio Varcasia, a researcher in the Animal Biology Department of the Sassari University in Italy.
All the information received and collated by Dr Varcasia will be forwarded to ICCAT. The research is also supported by the Alleanza Pescatori Recreativi (APR), an Italian organisation made up of anglers that is dedicated to improving fishing.
Dr Varcasia and the APRís Coordinator, Ricardo Tamburini, will receive and examine tag requests from recreational anglers who wish to be involved in the project. Tags will only be given to fishermen who can demonstrate their skills in tagging and who agree to provide feedback according to the projectís guidelines.