European Researchers hope to boost innovative commercially sustainable Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture – TRANSDOTT takes off !!!
On the third of July, 2012 the final signatures were attached to the contract of the European Union, FP7 funded project TRANSDOTT (TRANSLATION OF DOMESTICATION OF THUNNUS THYNNUS INTO AN INNOVATIVE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION) , which is the natural progression from three previously EU funded projects DOTT, REPRODOTT and SELFDOTT.However TRANSDOTT is specifically aimed at boosting the, results, advantages and progress gained by European researchers in the previous programmes into an innovative commercial application. Europeans researchers are the world leaders in the field of sustainable aquaculture of the Atlantic bluefin tuna (ABFT).
The present project involving five commercial partners, Malta Fish Farming Ltd (Malta). Futuna Blue S.L. (Spain), ARDAG Red Sea Mariculture Ltd (Israel), Panittica Pugliese Società Agricola SPA(Italy) and Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (Norway) have combined forces with the IOLR /National Centre of Mariculture in Eilat, Israel, The Malta Aquaculture Research Centre and the Heinrich Heine Univ, Düsseldorf, Germany who will Coordinate the project. In 2011 great strides were made in SELFDOTT which ended in November 2011 with the successful breeding and rearing of juvenile ABFT. TRANSDOTT, based on a two year time frame and a budget of over 1 million Euro, will be using eggs from broodstock and production cage sources in Malta and Spaidn and from broodstocks in Croatia through a recently signed MOU with Kali Tuna (Umami). Eggs will be transported to 5 different hatcheries in Spain, Malta, Israel (2) and Italy. For the first time a full commercial application of copepod diets will be assessed in Futuna Blue´s new facility in Spain and the successful dry diets for weaning and grow-out produced by Skretting ARC can be used to the full. Sustainable aquaculture of Atlantic Bluefin is at the threshold of becoming as successful as the Japanese (Kinki Univ.) industry for the Pacific Bluefin Tuna.
The present season has just begun and all hatcheries have received eggs from various sources, although more technical developments are being tried and tested in the present phase .
2012 ABFT Eggs and Larvae