Australian bluefin farmers ride wave of hope


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
December 28, 2011

Port Lincoln is to enjoy a new era of prosperity within four years, the tuna industry predicts.

It expects up to 1,500 new jobs and the doubling of turnover to AUD 400 million on the back of innovative technologies, higher productivity, added value and new markets will lead to growth.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association president Brian Jeffriess said the growth of the tuna sector, along with mining wealth, increased agricultural and aquaculture income and a rise in tourism, would boost the Eyre Peninsula economy.

The new technologies include catching younger southern bluefin tuna in the wild and farming them up to three times longer than normal.

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