Skip to comments.S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna
Posted on 06/22/2018 12:21:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry said Friday.
Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters.
After a lot of trial and error over the past decade, Hongjin Fishing Association said it succeeded in growing bluefin tuna in a pen in waters off Tongyeong, about 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, over the last 22 months. The fish are as heavy as 30 kilograms and about 30,000 tons of them will be sold on the market later this year, it noted.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it will support research and development efforts to develop the fish farming business and expand related infrastructure and facilities needed for the mass commercialization of tuna bred in captivity.
"It has been proven that bluefin tuna can be cultivated in the domestic environment although temperature dips below 10 Celsius in winter," the ministry said. "If large-scale tuna aquaculture is possible, it could help maintain the global stockpile of endangered bluefin tuna."
If 85 percent of the bluefin catch is replaced with farm-bred fish, the ministry said it would create about 100-300 billion won (US$90-270 million) of economic benefits. Bluefin tuna accounts for less than 1 percent of the entire 5.79 million-ton tuna catch as of 2016, official data showed.
Yes ! I am the sushi man !
Misread that as “armed”.
Paused on that for a bit.
Sam: I am from Africa, the dogs have guns.
What do you think of this idea?
Farming fish has been going on in NYS since the 1830’s. The intent was to provide fish for an increasing population. Some NYS raised species were shipped to the west coast.
Well I see why. Hell of a lot of profit to be made.
How much does Bluefin Tuna cost?
The 507-pound swimmer went for a modest $70,000 to restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura, who forked over $1.76 million for a 489-pound Pacific bluefin tuna just last year. That tunaat a jaw-dropping $3,603 per pound, or roughly $178 per piece of sushistands as the most expensive fish ever sold.Jan 6, 2014
Never buy farmed seafood, the conditions in which they are raised is deplorable.
I’m thinking the same thing, do they feed them sewage like they do in China or Vietnam?
No, they swim in their own poop and filtration is at a minimum if any at all. There was a documentary on, I believe PBS, describing the condition in which they are raised. It is truly disgusting.
This is in a netted area of the ocean. Not to be confused with fresh water fish farming...
These fish are raised in a pen in the ocean, so they should have relatively clean water at all times.
30 kilograms? That isn’t a very big fish.
“help maintain blue fin tuna stocks”?
How about just stop eating them?
I will gladly accept a 30 kg tuna, which translated into the human is about 66 lbs.
PS: there are two types of countries: Those that use metric, and those that have set foot on the Moon.
Amen, to both statements.
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