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Minister Welcomes Bluefin Tuna Research

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SPAIN - The Secretary General of Fisheries, Carlos Dominguez has underlined that scientific research for the captive breeding of bluefin tuna is an "example for the Mediterranean" as well as helping to restore its population.

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Carlos Dominguez visited tuna aquaculture facilities in the open sea, belonging to the company Murcian Mediterranean Fisheries, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture and Water in the Region of Murcia, Antonio Cerd.

Mr Dominguez, who has been "pleasantly surprised" by the advances in scientific research for the captive breeding of this species, said that "it would be great to get close to the reproductive cycle of tunas in captivity, because that would reduce the dependence on fishing for tuna in the wild."

The Secretary General congratulated the Ministry of Agriculture of the Region of Murcia and the Mediterranean Fisheries company belonging to the group Ricardo Fuentes, "for the good management of the bluefin tuna season this year, which will undoubtedly help the population of the species for years to come. "

After this visit, Carlos Dominguez held a meeting with the fishermen of the Brotherhood of Mazarron (Murcia), with whom he recently dicussed problems facing the sector.

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