The first trials performed in Futuna Blue plant produced excellent results, according to the firm. (Photo: Futuna Blue/Stock File/FIS)
First bluefin tuna farming trials deemed excellent
Friday, September 30, 2011, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Futuna Blue España announced that the first captive breeding trials of juvenile bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) were completed successfully in the centre located in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz).
The project initiators obtained more than a thousand larvae that were fed on copepods, microcrustaceans that match their natural diet profile and are grown on site, Diario de Cádiz reported.
Futuna Blue managers expect to turn the firm into the first fish farm in the world to develop the complete cycle of the bluefin tuna on an industrial scale, an achievement that will contribute to the preservation of wild populations of this species.
According to the company manager, Miguel Llerena, all the marked protocols for its launch in the 2012 season had been carried through with the first egg production.
"The first results are excellent with very good hatching and a large group of fry. They have proved helpful to develop the facilities and to provide specific training for the personnel," said Llerena.
The company launched this project in 2008, and it was just in the middle of this year when the plant started operations in El Puerto, where the breeding tanks are located.
In a second stage, which will take place in 2012, the construction of the vessels that will hold the tuna reproducers is planned.
Futuna Blue is investigating tuna and turbot farming, but plans to work with other species of high market demand: the yellowtail or amberjack, and the sole. The idea is to concentrate on these two species during the six months of the year when the tuna reproductive cycle is not possible.
The firm plans to produce 500,000 bluefin tuna fry in the first years and collect EUR 40 million annually when the plant operates at one hundred percent.
It is expected to place fish of about 1.5 kilograms in the market, which will then be transferred to fattening centres until they reach 300 kg.
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By Analia Murias