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Woman reels in HUGE Tuna Fish catch in New Zealand

No woman in New Zealand has caught a bigger fish than this giant Pacific bluefin tuna that New Zealand-based (Auckland) Donna Pascoe reeled in recently after an epic four-hour battle – and she may have also landed herself a fishing world record! What you see in the video footage captured by Donna herself is exactly what happened in the moment… unexpected, live, and highly surprising to all the team on the boat. Pascoe, an experienced angler who runs a fishing charter business, hooked the 411kg fish from her 17m boat ‘Gladiator’ near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga in New Zealand. The sea was rough and the wind strong when her reel started shedding line about 9am. “I went and grabbed the rod and jumped into the chair,” she told us. “We had no idea what it was because it never jumped or showed its face. We thought it could have been a massive blue or black marlin … but it never crossed our minds that it could be a huge bluefin tuna!” We asked Donna about whether she has received any negative response about the catch and she told us: “I was actually contacted after the catch by Pew Charitable Trust out of Washington DC who are a conservation group wanting to save the pacific bluefin tuna and they have asked me to assist them in advocating for governments to do the right thing and enact science-based management measures for Pacific Bluefin tuna. This is for the juvenile breeding stock of the species, not the big old fish. “Genuine conservation groups realise it is not the recreational fishermen who are causing damage but just the opposite, they are keen to preserve the breeding stocks so there are more big fish in our ocean for the recreational fishermen.” Recreationally caught bluefin is prohibited by law from commercial sale. This does encourage a general debate around fishing practices and conservation issues worldwide, but then when a global industry of consumers continue to keep the industry thriving, this debate often gets mixed conclusions. What do you think? Feel free to comment on this video below – and bear in mind that this is something that happened very much in the moment and by chance was captured for all to see… the real issues around conservation we felt lie in industry practices and is a much wider process of where changes are required to be addressed by corporations who make money from practices as opposed to recreational fishermen and women on the seas. On the other hand, there was an element of this catch our team felt uncomfortable about hence the debate ensued. Check our full write-up and read about our own conclusion as summarised following much debate by our Head of news content:

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