Futuna Blue's bluefin tuna farm will be the largest in the world, according to the company. (Photo: Futuna Blue)
Cadiz fish farm to market its first bluefins in 2011
Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
The general manager of Futuna Blue Spain SL, Miguel Llerena, contends that the bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) fish farm scheduled for construction in the Port of Santa Maria (Cadiz) will be selling its first units as of August of next year.
The new plant will occupy a surface area of 50,000 square metres and will breed and export up to 500,000 tuna per year from its facilities.
According to its PR firm, it will be the largest fish farm in the world.
In a first stage, the plant will target the production of turbots, whose first results are slated for February, “as a way to ready and prepare the entire staff,” Llerena explained.
As soon as all the fish farm's mechanisms are activated, it will begin to produce bluefin tuna exclusively.
This project is backed by a EUR 12 million investment and will create 60 job posts.
The plant will employ “the latest technology imported from Denmark and a feeding system based on small crustaceans,” the executive added.
The Futuna Blue fish farm will boast three areas: one aimed at egg hatching, another for pre-fattening and the third, reserved for breeding.
In addition, it will have an area designated to the production of crustaceans for the feeding of the larvae,
The managers of the company plan to produce bluefin tuna fry until they reach an estimated weight of between 25 and 50 grams. In so doing, they clarified, they are not dedicated to fattening “but rather to the production of this species.”
"The mission is to obtain the reproductive egg, and for the tuna to put on a weight suitable for its sale to other companies specialised in its fattening,” Llerena added.
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