The University of Exeter and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have embarked upon a two-year scientific study, "THUNNUS UK", supported by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and in collaboration with the Tuna Research and Conservation Center of Stanford University, to provide a baseline understanding of the ecology and distribution of Atlantic bluefin tuna that migrate to waters of southwest England.


The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students and is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. Exeter is also ranked 14th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2018. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality, while in 2017, Exeter was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. 

Cefas is the UK’s largest and most diverse marine science organisation and is an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cefas has been a world-leader in fish tracking and behaviour since the 1970s, beginning with acoustic tracking on European plaice in the North Sea, and continuing today with investigations into the UK and Atlantic migrations of many species, including species of commercial and conservation interest.