Toyota Tsusho Corporation plans to start juvenile bluefin tuna farming in Nago

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nagoya based Toyota Tsusho Corporation plans to start juvenile bluefin tuna farming within the fishing area for the Haneji Fishery Association in Nago. In order to carry out this project, the company has done technical collaboration with Kinki University, which achieved a complete farming cycle from egg-laying to breeding of an artificially nurtured parent fish for the first time in the world. This is the first time such bluefin tuna juvenile farming has been set up in Okinawa. Toyota Tsusho and Kinki University have already started a project in Goto, Nagasaki. The company receives artificially hatched young fish from the university and nurtures them in a fish preserve on the sea.

The company will become a member of the Haneji Fishery Association. It plans to found a local corporation. It will start the business in September next year, if all goes smoothly.

A person in charge of the Company said, “There are many things that experts do not know about the details of offshore conditions in Okinawa. Starting the project with a small amount of farming, we will expand it gradually throughout the process. We will have a local corporation to strive to work for this business.”

According to a member of the fishery association, the company plans to establish a fish preserve in the northern part of the sea in Nago.

Kinki University carries out full-cycle aquaculture of bluefin tuna by circulating a series of steps to produce the fish, from spawning, hatching egg to shipping the young fish to the farmers.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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