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Nippon to Begin Selling Fully Farmed Bluefin Tuna

Lucy Towers
18 August 2016, at 1:00am

JAPAN - Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. is to begin selling bluefin tuna farmed from egg to adulthood after developing a way to mass produce the fish.

Sales will begin in winter 2017, with the marine products maker expecting to ship 10,000 tuna, or 500 tons, in the fiscal year starting April 2018 and double that in the following year, reports the JapanTimes.

It is not the first enterprise to succeed in the potentially giant farming industry: Kindai University and Maruha Nichiro Corp have already commercialised fully farmed bluefin tuna.

Nippon Suisan’s Oita Marine Biological Technology Center began trials of full-lifespan farming in 2014.

It succeeded this month in mass producing tuna fry using unique culturing techniques, repeating its success from last year and confirming the viability of the process.

The tuna will be sold to restaurants, supermarkets and other retailers, company officials said.