Catch tagged tuna to bag reward in Andaman

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Port Blair, Aug 3 (UNI) Fishing tuna for selling is a good business, but what if someone gets a reward of Rs 400 for capturing a tagged tuna? As many as 1330 tunas, both yellow fin and skip jack, were tagged and released back to the sea during a small scale tuna tagging programme in the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands.

It was jointly organised by the Fisheries Survey of India (FSI) and IOTC, between January 18 and February 29 and a suitable award was declared for the fishermen on the recapture of tagged tuna during extension programmes.

Recently one K Rajeiah, a fisherman from Port Blair, bagged a reward of Rs 400 from the FSI by netting a yellow fin tuna from the sea off Bunnanallah. The 86 cm-yellow fin tuna, weighing 6.95 kg, was also returned to Mr Rajeiha, an FSI communique said.

This is the fourth such incident in which a tagged tuna was recaptured and reported to the FSI, sources further informed.

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