Large scale RTD facility to take tuna farming forward
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The Atlantic Bluefin tuna is an emblematic species which is feeding the Mediterranean human populations for centuries. In the last two decades its wild stocks have been severely overfished having been established important capture limits with the consequent reduction of the production. For satisfying the high market, it is essential the increase the bluefin tuna production coming from the self-sustained aquaculture. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has recently built a land-based large scale facility (ICRA) for the control of the reproduction of this species, capable of hosting big size breeders. This facility is near the already existing IEO Aquaculture facility in Mazarrón, (Murcia, SE Spain), devoted to the research on Atlantic Bluefin tuna larval rearing and juveniles production. Both facilities are a model of how research centres of excellence can enhance cooperation to generate new knowledge on performance that can be transferred directly to operators and provide the ...
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