Who We Are

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 SBT. 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.

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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

“In support of the Tuna Champion program, a ‘Tag and Release’ category has been introduced to the month-long Hooked On Tuna competition for 2019.

This program encourages recreational fishers to respect SBT and adopt ways to fish better with minimum waste. In recognition of this, competition rules are now aligned with best practice fishing of the SBT, with all fish presented at weigh-in mandated to be gutted, gilled and bled to avoid wastage.”

Michael Cottee, Tourism and Events Manager, Glenelg Shire Council

“The Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic is predominantly a catch and release tournament targeting SBT.  We’re playing our part in the Tuna Champion movement by making sure that the released fish have the best chance of survival. 

In 2019, we encouraged all competitors to use single hooks instead of treble hooks to minimise damage to the fish and maximise their chance of survival.  In 2020, we will be introducing this as a rule, that no competitors are to run lures with treble hooks.”

Russell & Gabriella Bianco, Event Managers
Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic


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.

Become a Tuna Champ - Take the tuna Pledge

I do solemnly swear to catch, handle, keep or release southern bluefin tuna as safely and humanely as possible – and to prepare it well, so no fish is wasted.

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