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Fishermen caught with bluefin tuna close to Cap Formentor

Bluefin tuna confiscated.

Bluefin tuna confiscated.

Greater than 32 kilos of bluefin tuna was seized from a leisure fishing boat close to Cap de Formentor on June 25, by State Sea Fishing Inspectors and Levante de Mallorca-Cala Rajada Marine Reserve Personnel.

The vessel was inspected throughout a joint fisheries management and surveillance operation in offshore waters and the bluefin tuna had been discovered on their backs inside a fridge.

The Surveillance Service accompanied the boat again to Puerto Alcudia, the place the fish weighed in at 54.27 kilos on the Fishermen’s Guild scales.

The Inspectors issued an Administrative Report for non-compliance with fishing laws.

A ban on leisure fishermen netting bluefin tuna was applied from 23:59 on June 23, so catching and preserving them is towards the laws and the fishermen shall be sanctioned.

Their catch was confiscated and donated to the non-profit organisation AFAMA, the Affiliation of Family & Buddies of Alzheimer’s Sufferers.

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