Illinois Soybean Association focuses on feed tuna in hatchery project

Article written by Aerin Einstein-Curtis. Published by Feed Navigator.

March 15, 2019

Following years of feed development, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is partnering to establish a Pacific Bluefin tuna hatchery in the San Diego Bay area.

The soybean organization announced the plans for the hatchery on Monday [March 11]. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and US company, Ichthus Unlimited.

Ichthus Unlimited will construct what will be the first tuna hatchery in North America, and only the third in the world, in the San Diego Bay. It will cultivate Pacific Bluefin tuna eggs, grow them to juvenile fish which can then be distributed to tuna farms to mature.

For the past three years, Ichthus Unlimited has led ISA-funded research to develop sustainable soy-based diets for tuna.

That R&D effort has resulted in a range of tuna feeds aimed at all the different stages of tuna development, starting from about two weeks post-hatch until tuna reach their full market size, Mark Albertson, director of strategic marketing development, ISA, told FeedNavigator.

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