A GROUND-BREAKING bluefin tuna farm is being opened in Murcia to ease pressure on the ocean’s reserves of the gourmet fish.
The regional government and the National Oceanography Institute have invested €6 million to kickstart the captive breeding programme.
Several adult bluefin tuna, weighing up to 150 kilos each, will be kept in four large tanks near the Valdelentisco watercourse in Mazarron.
Their eggs will then be collected and taken to an existing farm for young tuna in Mazarron, a kilometre away from the tanks, to be hatched.
Being the sashimi enthusiast, ocean lover, and sustainable believer that I am, I am often in battle with myself on how to handle eating or not eating Bluefin Tuna, as I am sure many do. I don’t want to have to choose. Therefore we have put together an amazing team of experts to find the perfect solution. We are going to put all our efforts in finding the right solutions to raise Bluefin Tuna in a sustainable manner from egg to market. Not only will this allow wild Bluefin tuna to be able to exist in our oceans, the fish we raise will be even healthier due to the quality of the water and food they will be raised in. Sustainable offshore aquaculture is the way to feed the people, not by destroying all life and the ecosystem in the ocean. In addition, we are working on algae based fish feed, which too protects the other fish species in our oceans often used as fishmeal.
Initial experimental procedures are very expensive so we have decided to try to get all those involved and who care about the ocean and the quality of the fish they consume to get involved. We have just launched a campaign for funding, “http://goo.gl/uTWr82” Any amount you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated. It is also greatly appreciated if you can use your contacts and social media outlets to get others involved.
Thank you! And we hope to be able to be providing you with the most sustainable, best tasting Bluefin Tuna in the near future, all while protecting our oceans.
Help us save the Bluefin Tuna, one fish at a time