Be a Tuna Champ

Who can be a Tuna Champion? You can. Here's how...


Is your fishing gear up to the job? Are you using gear that will the minimise impact on the fish? Are there things you can do to avoid degrading the quality of the flesh if you’re keeping it for eating – or to improve its chance of survival if you release it?


Poor handling techniques can affect the welfare of the animal, reduce its chance of survival if released, and affect the quality of the meat if you plan to keep it to eat.

  • The Coast 2 Coast Tuna Tournament in Victor Harbour is a great example of how a tournament can encourage anglers to adopt better fish handling techniques. Find out why in this article by Dr Sean Tracey: Tuna Champions – BlueWater #137
  • Find out how to handle bluefin – from reducing fight times to releasing it, and even for that photo opportunity: SBT Code of Practice
  •  Get our 7 top tips for snapping your catch. Read more


Find out why and how to dispatch, bleed, gut and cool bluefin for the ultimate bluefin taste – and so no fish is wasted…

  • Catching a tuna to eat for the recreational fisher   Watch video
  • Why the right time to take ice on your boat is… every time.  Read more
  • Download the IkeJime Tool Extreme app here


Releasing fish reduces the impact of fishing on populations – and that means better fishing for everyone. Reducing stress and damage to the your SBT will give them the best chance of surviving. 

  • For big fish boatside, keep the boat moving forward slowly so water flows through the gills, until your fish is ready to swim away
  • For smaller SBT, release gently with a little push forward so water flows through the gills.
  • Read more in the SBT Code of Practice



Do you know how to prepare a bluefin to get the most out of each fish? See how the masters do it!

  • How to butcher a whole tuna: every cut of fish explained  Watch video
  • Find out about SBT cuts, yield and more in Fishfiles – SBT
  • Love to channel your inner chef? Pick up our regular prep tips on Facebook and Instagram
  • Our Tuna Champ videos and info cards are coming soon – you’ll find out how much meat you can get from one SBT, how the commercial fishers grade the meat, and more. Stay tuned!

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Photo: David Hall


A tagged and recaptured SBT tells a story about movement, growth, and sometimes natural mortality rates across the population.

You can help researchers gather useful data about SBT, by tagging and recording information correctly, and handling and releasing the fish with care. Reporting any recaptures of tagged bluefin also helps us learn more about these iconic fish.

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