Umami Sustainable Seafood, a fish farm company, recently confirmed that farmed tuna at its facility in Croatia have naturally spawned for the third year in a row. The Kali Tuna facility sent larvae to the Genomics Laboratory Macrogen to confirm that the larvae was from bluefin tuna and that their genes matched the gene base of the tuna in the stock holding pens, and all tests came back positive.
Umami Sustainable Seafood hopes that this advancement advances the company's goals of creating a hatchery that can release fertilized eggs and young tuna back into the wild, augmenting the bluefin tuna population that's been decimated by overfishing. "I am now more confident than ever that we will be able to dramatically increase the world's access to this highly valued food source without any degradation in quality, while at the same time decreasing the pressure on the world's wild populations," said Oli Valur Steindorsson, the CEO and chairman of Umami Sustainable Seafood.
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