Victor Harbor man fronts court over alleged theft of bluefin tuna at Oceanic Victor

SMILE: Tuna poacher: CCTV footage released by Oceanic Victor shows a man approaching the tuna pen, before catching a quantity of fish.

SMILE: Tuna poacher: CCTV footage released by Oceanic Victor shows a man approaching the tuna pen, before catching a quantity of fish.

The hunt for Southern Blue Fin Tuna is on, but unfortunately not many fishers are having much luck, but one Victor Harbor man has been charged for throwing a line in the water where he knew he would get a bite.

Twenty-five-year-old Victor Harbor man Hugh Ladd faced the Victor Harbor Magistrates court on January 6, charged with one count of dishonestly taking property without consent, relating to the alleged theft of bluefin tuna from Oceanic Victor, on the night of October 31, 2019.

Oceanic Victor Swim with the Tuna is located in the waters off Granite Island.

Mr Ladd was bailed, with proceedings to continue on February 3.

It's alleged Mr Ladd approached the Oceanic Victor tuna pen at night via boat, before casting lines over its surrounding netting.

CCTV footage released by Oceanic Victor, shows a man approaching the pen in a boat before catching a number of fish.

In a post on Facebook on November 10, 2019, a spokesperson from Oceanic Victor said thousands of dollars of tuna had been poached.

"We were devastated last week when this guy showed up and not only poached thousands of dollars of our fish, but harmed many more," the post reads.

"Luckily our CCTV cameras caught all the action and we were able to catch this local thief who will now be charged. Thanks to our wonderful crew and the member of the public who phoned us to help."

Reports have suggested a number of tuna were left with hooks in their mouths, due to the perpetrators inability to reel them in.