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Umami Seafood Purchases Bluefin Tuna Farm

by the Fish Site Editor
10 March 2011, at 12:00am

US - Umami Sustainable Seafood Inc. has announced that following an acquisition of about 150 metric tons of live bluefin tuna in Croatia from an unrelated third party in January 2011, the Company has also concluded an agreement that secures the transfer of the vendor's current tuna farming concessions in Croatia to Kali Tuna, Umami's Croatian subsidiary, subject to the formal approval of the respective Croatian Authority.

These concessions relate to 1,500 metric tons of farming capacity and respective farming licenses.

The additional concessions would increase Kali Tuna's approved farming capacity in Croatia by approximately 45 per cent, from 3,300 metric tons to 4,800 metric tons of capacity. As part of the agreement on the transfer of concessions, Kali Tuna has agreed to purchase certain bluefin farming assets from the same Vendor once Kali Tuna receives final approval for the concession transfer. The concessions and assets are located in close proximity to Split, Croatia, and are less than 100 miles from Kali Tuna's present operations in Kali, Croatia. Total consideration for the concessions, the related farming assets and the 150 metric tons of bluefin tuna will be approximately $4.9 million.

In announcing the acquisition, Oli Steindorsson, Chairman and CEO commented: "The additional concessions which we are acquiring, subject to the local county's formal approval, are an integral part of our plan to increase capacity in Croatia in order to achieve higher levels of sustainable production of bluefin tuna. We purchased live bluefin tuna to effectively secure the acquisition of the farming concessions and assets, facilitating an increase in Kali Tuna's level of sustainable production. The locations of the new concessions are in the protected waters of the Adriatic Sea and the physical distance is close enough to our present Kali facilities for efficient operations and far enough to allow geographic diversity of locations."

Mr Steindorsson concluded: "Coming on the back of our acquisition of Baja Aquafarms in Mexico, the purchase of the additional concessions in Croatia reflects Umami's commitment to building our sustainable production base for bluefin tuna and to growing into one of the world's leading participants in sustainable aquaculture. The additions to our capacity should allow Umami to achieve over 5,000 metric tons of sustainable production by fiscal year 2013."

the Fish Site Editor