Bluefin tuna farming facilities. (Photo: Futuna Blue/FIS)
Balfegó and Futuna Blue join forces in bluefin tuna farming
Friday, June 22, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Grupo Balfegó and Futuna Blue España S.L. signed a long-term collaboration agreement to develop new research projects and promote studies related to the reproduction of bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in captivity.
For some time, Balfegó has collaborated in research carried out by Scientific Research Higher Council (CSIC), the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the University of Cadiz to improve the knowledge of this tuna species and has worked to ensure its sustainability.
The company has begun to transfer bluefin tuna eggs to Futuna Blue facilities in the port of Santa Maria, Cadiz, to initiate the studies.
"With this collaboration we want to join forces and take a definite step towards achieving the goal of breeding bluefin tuna in captivity, a goal that is a short distance away," Juan Serrano, Balfegó director general, explained.
During the latest fishing season, which ended two weeks ago, in addition to the crew and the observers of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Balfegó invited researchers from CSIC, IEO and the University of Cadiz to be onboard and assist in their studies on bluefin tuna, its abundance and migratory patterns, reproductive behaviour and larval monitoring, the evolution of catch per unit effort (CPUE) and larval development in aquaculture facilities, Europa Press reports.
In the summer of 2011, Futuna Blue successfully conducted the first larval hatching and feeding test with copepods (marine micro-organisms), a feed that offers tuna the optimum content in fatty acids and amino acids.
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By Analia Murias