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Southern Bluefin Tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna are large pelagic fish that migrate long distances in the southern hemisphere between 30 and 50 degrees south. They’re fast swimming and long living fish growing to the age of 35 years old.


Where do they go to breed?

Breeding takes place September to April in warm waters south of Java. The juveniles migrate south down the west coast of Australia.

During the summer months (December – April) they tend to congregate near the surface in the coastal waters off the southern coast of Australia and spend their winters in deeper, temperate oceanic waters. After age 5, they are seldom found in near shore surface waters.

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The old saying that preparation prevents poor performance could not be more true when it comes to ensuring the fish will be either great quality on your plate or a better chance of release.


Whether you plan to retain or release a fish, it is important to consider how you handle it. Poor handling techniques can affect the welfare of the animal, reduce its chance of survival if released, and affect flesh quality if you plan to keep it to eat.


If possible, all handling should be done with the fish remaining in the water and water flowing over their gills.


Some things are just best served cold, revenge, beer and tuna. As fishers we need to be conscious when catching and dispatching tuna that their bodies continue to warm.

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