Taming The Wild Tuna

by | Nov 16, 2014 | Conservation, Fish, Science | 0 comments

Captive Bluefin TunaGlobal appetite for Tuna has increased tremendously over the last few decades. As such, along with the rapid surge in consumption has also included alarming decline in wild tuna species. There was a time when farming of tuna was considered impossible. Luckily that is no longer the case. In 2012, farmed fish accounted for over 42 percent of total global output, nearly tripling since the 13.4 percent in 1990.The Pacific Blue Fin Tuna, weighing up to 900 lbs and traveling so fast they can cover crazy distances in short times, seems to defy the principle of farm raised fish.Blue Fin Tuna is known as ‘Porsche of the Sea’, for its ultra desired status. It is estimated there are less than 9 million Blue Fin Tuna left in the wild. While that number seems high, it is down 50 percent in the last decade. Kinki University in Japan has been working to combat those figures by recreating the reproduction cycle of Blue Fin in Captivity. The article goes on to describe the struggles and triumphs nearly 5 decades of the making of the success of the farming of the Blue Fin Tuna. This is some amazing work that is being done and hopefully paves the way for more facilitites like this in the near future.  MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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