Learn about us

Tuna Champions are recreational fishers who:

  • fish for the athletic Southern Bluefin Tuna
  • respect the fish and are willing to adopt better ways of fishing
  • value the fish by learning how to prepare the meat well
    encourage their fishing mates to do the right thing.

Tuna Champions use the best fishing practices for tuna. Like knowing how to catch, handle, release, keep and prepare it to make the most of every fish we catch – and to give the ones we release the best chance of surviving.
It’s about respecting and not wasting the fish.


Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about Tuna Champions

“With the help of the Tuna Champion movement, competitions are moving from whole-fish weigh-ins to gill gutted. We’re seeing a real change in how people bring in the fish, including how much ice they take on their boat.”

John Johnstone, Owner, Portland Bait & Tackle

“We’re backing the Tuna Champions campaign for sustainable fishing because we recognise how significant this game fish is to recreational fishers and dependent businesses.

Being a Tuna Champion is all about knowing and respecting what you’re catching – this [$5,000 grant to the Portland Sports Fishing Club] will help people fishing in Portland do the right thing with their Southern bluefin tuna.”

Victorian Minister for Fishing and Boating, The Hon Jaala Pulford MLC

“Tuna champions! What a great idea to educate recreational fishers about better ways to catch and respect their SBT. I’m a recreational tuna fisherman, hobby lure maker, chef, and a foods teacher at a senior secondary college in Tasmania.

Yesterday I brought in a small school SBT I’d caught out of Fortescue Bay the day before. Your website was a fantastic resource to use as a platform to inform and educate my students about all aspects of SBT.

They participated in cleaning, portioning and cryovacking the fish. In following lessons, we’ll be utilising all the different cuts of the SBT, preparing delicious morsels and dishes to showcase this amazing fish. Overall a great learning experience for my students and your website is a great resource for all – well done!”

Chris Edwards, Teacher TAS

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Tuna Champions is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.