Support for Bluefin Tuna Farming in Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Tokyo -- Kinki University signed an agreement with the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday in which it pledges to support Abu Dhabi's efforts to farm bluefin tuna.

A feasibility study on the setting up a farm using closed re-circulating aquaculture systems will be prepared for this September, with the hopes of launching a pilot project, according to the Emirates media.

"Aquaculture will help us alleviate stress on natural fish stocks and improve food security in the Emirates," EAD Secretary-General Majid Al Mansouri told the local press.

Hiroshige Seko, the vice-president of Kinki University, flew to Abu Dhabi for the agreement's signing.

Japan has been under strong international criticism for depleting the seas of Atlantic bluefin tuna, although Japanese diplomats managed to avoid efforts to impose an international ban on fishing.

Experts estimate that stocks of bluefin tuna have fallen to about 15% per cent of historic levels; and Japan consumes an estimated 80% of the bluefin harvested from the Mediterranean.

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