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"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."

- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist


AKVA Group bag nyt tun-anlæg i Sydspanien

For første gang vil Atlantisk Blåfinnet Tun blive opdrættet. Det vil ske i et anlæg i Cadiz i det sydlige Spanien og danske AKVA Group A/S bygger anlægget der skal stå færdig i foråret 2011.

Bluefin tuna is a severely overfished species and, according to the latest report of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, its population has dropped by 90 percent since 1970. Their future looks to be in 
aquaculture, captive breeding and Cadiz is a pioneer in Europe after building a farm that is supposed to be officially opened in March 2011.

The Blue Futuna Spain SL company is behind this ambitious project, in sight of the commercial harbor of the Port Authority of the Bay of Cadiz in El Puerto de Santa Maria. The works of the future production plant are about to commence and the project has now achieved the financial support to start to breed bluefin tuna in captivity.

The company is a subsidiary of a leading Danish holding company, and was born in 2007 with the intention of producing fingerlings of bluefin tuna, which then would be sent to fattening farms installed in the Mediterranean.

The company has acquired "all the skills and intellectual property required for this project and combined with the best practical equipment in the world with technology and experienced staff in aquaculture breeding centers." it said in a statement today.

Although a number of fish farms exist up and down the Spanish coast dedicated to the fattening of tuna, they rely on catching the fingerlings when they are born out in the Atlantic before bringing them into the farms. This new project plans to actually breed the fish in captivity, something that has never been done before with this species.

The project has the support of the Spanish Association of Producers of Almadraba and has now received the approval of a financial investment of two million euros. This money will come from venture capital fund Innotec Desarrollo, participated equally in society and Investment Management Venture Capital of Andalusia (Invercaria) and Banesto Enisa Sepi Development.

Blue Futuna plans to start next year at its plant in El Puerto, the production of turbot, later to raise the first juvenile bluefin tuna, until they reach a weight of 1.5 kilos and then be sold to fattening farms.

(Kilde: GrowFish)

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