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S. Korea Successfully Harvests Eggs from Captive Bluefin Tuna

Lucy Towers
24 August 2015, at 1:00am

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has successfully harvested fertilized eggs from captive bluefin tuna, taking a step closer to ensuring a sustainable supply of bluefin tuna, the government said.

The country is the world's second nation after Japan to have successfully harvested eggs from captive bluefins, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, reports YonhapNewsAgency.

The country is already farming bluefins, but mostly with imported eggs or young fish caught in the wild.

A successful development of a breeding program in the future will ensure the stable supply of bluefin for the country and the rest of the world, the ministry said, noting the fish may soon be considered an endangered species.

"If the country successfully supplies bluefin eggs to local farms, we may begin to see farmed bluefin tuna weighing over 30 kilograms on our dinner tables in 2018," the ministry said in a press release.