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Clean Seas Tuna and Kinki University Collaborate

by Ellen Hardy
25 September 2008, at 1:00am

GENERAL - The two world leaders in Bluefin Tuna propagation, Australian aquaculture pioneer Clean Seas Tuna Limited and Kinki University of Japan have signed an agreement to share protocols on the propagation and husbandry of tuna.

The agreement was signed this week at Kinki University in Wakayama near Osaka, by Clean Seas Chairman, Hagen Stehr AO and Kinki University Director Professor Osamu Murata.


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"We now have the best brains in the world working together"
Clean Seas Chairman, Hagen Stehr AO

The collaboration agreement will involve the exchange of technologies and techniques with Clean Seas' scientists working in Japan and Kinki University scientists working in South Australia on the commercial propagation of tuna.

“We now have the best brains in the world working together” Mr. Stehr said. “The agreement is another step in the commericalisation of Southern Bluefin Tuna and with the rapid depletion of tuna stocks in the Northern Hemisphere the intelligence sharing partnership agreement signed with commercially focused Kinki University already producing tuna is of substantial benefit for Clean Seas”.

Professor Murata welcomed the agreement between both organizations, recognising the shared goals to reduce the dependency on wild catch tuna.

Last year Kinki University commercially sold 1,500 bred tuna of one kilogram (about 40 cm). This year Kinki University are targeting substantial amount of tuna of one kilogram to be commercially available for growout through the use of pioneering survival rate techniques and technologies.

Ellen Hardy