Clean Seas' baby farmed bluefin tuna


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
April 27, 2009

Clean Seas Tuna of Port Lincoln, Australia, on Tuesday released the first photos of its farmed southern bluefin tuna, born just a month ago.

The company, along with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Fisheries Research and Development Corp., the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, has been working for the past decade to reproduce breeding patterns of the fish.

“These photographs and videos symbolize the depth of work our team has put into closing the lifecycle of this magnificent wild fish,” said Clean Seas Chairman Hagen Stehr. “Not only have images such as these never been seen by human eyes, but the creation of these fish has been entirely dependent on human endeavor.”

Last week, Clean Seas Tuna announced the continuous spawning by its captive southern bluefin tuna broodstock over 35 days; the production of more than 50 million fertilized tuna eggs and 30 million larvae; the fertilization of more than 90 percent of the eggs; and significant advances to commercialize southern bluefin tuna aquaculture.

“Commercially, the path is open to revolutionize the tuna industry and see captive Aussie tuna aquaculture grow to a multibillion dollar sector,” added Abigail Elizur, professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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