WORLD TUNA DAY 2014 – GOOD NEWS for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna:
The EU 7th Framework Research Project TRANSDOTT has just received an extension for a third spawning season to cover this seasons work with its European partners:
The project which was due to end in March 2014 has received a six month extension to enable European researchers to optimally use their extended Broodstock, now up to 50 fish with weights exceeding 120kg. These fish should be capable of delivering up to 100 million eggs this season. The research groups based in Malta, Israel, Spain, Norway and Germany will again pool their resources to try and deliver large quantities of Tuna fingerlings (35g+) to commercial sea cages in the Mediterranean for “growing out”. Last season’s supply only survived in Spain until December when cold weather prohibited further growth. Similar experiments from the IEO group in Spain, part of the previous SELFDOTT consortia still have survivors from 2011, 2012 and 2013. In a growing international effort to protect Tuna resources sustainable Tuna aquaculture is a key technology developing in Europe which can relieve the pressure on wild-stocks and provide closed circle aquaculture of this valuable natural resource. European and International scientist are striving to conserve an important “Top Predator” using different strategies for conservation and propagation. TRANSDOTT has a role to play in transferring this technology to applications in the Paciifc and Indian Ocean as done by our Japanese colleagues.
Tuna larvae 12 DPH
Day 85, 18 cm, 85 gr