Next Tuna, a start-up, and Skretting have joined forces to advance the production of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna through aquaculture systems. The global tuna market relies heavily on wild-catch fisheries, but they aim to change that by becoming the first company to complete the reproductive cycle of the Atlantic bluefin in a closed, commercially viable aquaculture system. The company is building a state-of-the-art land-based farm in Spain, where commercial production is expected to begin in 2024.
"This partnership with Skretting takes the Next Tuna project to the next exciting level. Skretting's world-class aquaculture and feed R&D will ensure we have the ideal feed solution to lead the way and put sustainable farmed Atlantic bluefin on the map – truly meeting the needs of the market," said Next Tuna's Andrew Eckhardt.
The collaboration will also have the support of Skretting's global network of scientific experts and its overarching global research units, with Skretting Italy formulating, manufacturing and supplying the feed.
"The cooperation and our focus on early life stage requirements further underlines our commitment to supplying optimal solutions for the whole life cycle of species such as tuna" Lenaïg Richard Breivik, Business Development Manager at Skretting
About Next Tuna
Next Tuna aims to be the first European company based on technical inland aquaculture systems to close the reproductive cycle of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ABT). The company's goal is to reproduce juvenile ABTs for sale to existing tuna production establishments.
Skretting is a global leader in providing sustainable nutritional solutions and services for the aquaculture industry. It has production facilities in 18 countries, and produces high-quality feeds for over 60 species with an annual production volume of more than 2 million tonnes. It is the aquaculture division of Nutreco, a leading animal nutrition company, with its central operations based in Stavanger, Norway. Skretting's purpose is to "Feed the Future"