Kinki University, also known as Kindai, expects shipments of bluefin tuna farmed with its new technique to triple by 2020.
The school in Osaka Prefecture has developed a way to raise bluefin tuna from eggs to maturity. The meat has been dubbed “Kindai tuna.”
Annual shipments will climb to 3,000 tuna this year from 2,000, and to 6,000 by 2020, the university said.
The projections were made after a Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture-based subsidiary of trading house Toyota Tsusho Corp., a commercial partner of the university, became a certified Kindai tuna farmer.
With stocks of bluefin in the plummeting in the Pacific Ocean, Japan and other tuna-fishing economies are due to tighten fisheries control measures starting next year.
“As moves to protect natural resources are increasing, it is clear that demand for Kindai tuna will rise,” said Yoshiki Miura, head of Toyota Tsusho’s Food and Agribusiness Division.
The meat will be supplied to tuna restaurants run by the university and to department stores across Japan. Overseas sales, such as in North America and Southeast Asia, will also be considered.
The university and the trading house have been cooperating on tuna farming since 2010.
The subsidiary, Tuna Dream Goto Co., mainly raises young fish that the university hatches from eggs. But it has since adopted Kindai’s techniques and succeeded in raising fish to adulthood.