Bluefin tuna fry. (Photo: Futuna Blue)
Futuna Blue, closer to market first bluefin tuna offspring
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Futuna Blue España SL expects to begin marketing bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) fingerlings in September after completing the first phase of breeding offspring in captivity.
The idea is to start the second stage between May and June, the company manager Miguel Llerena told a group of local authorities who visited the facilities of the firm. Among those present were the mayor of El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), Enrique Moresco; and the president of the Port Authority of Cadiz Bay (APBC), Rafael Barra.
Llerena calculates an initial sale of 30,000 bluefin tuna offspring.
"We can not talk about tonnage but the first fingerlings will be between 15 and 25 grams," said the entrepreneur.
During the first phase EUR 4.6 million was invested for the construction of ships for nursery and pre-fattening, and of copepod production tanks with a patented technology whose exploitation rights for bluefin tuna belong to Futuna Blue, EFE agency reported.
In the next stage holding tanks will be constructed for breeding bluefin tuna.
If the second part concludes this year, Futuna Blue estimates that this will contribute to the control of "the most important parameters for bluefin tuna egg-laying in captivity."
Once the specimens for breeding are housed and egg-laying in captivity is controlled through the recirculation system and monitoring, the company plans to raise about 500,000 fry per year.
Llerena added that so far, on Futuna premises "trials have been conducted but to be able to see the benefits we will have to wait a while," Andalucía Información reported.
"We sent a direct message" to government authorities for them to "listen to us and know our project," he said.
Barra stressed that it is "a pioneering activity as far as bluefin tuna is concerned with a unique process in the world."
Moreover, Futuna Blue has just signed a collaboration agreement with the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Training (Ifapa) of El Toruño to collaborate on research for breeding grouper, according to Diario de Cádiz.
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