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Tuna breeding to boost aquaculture exports

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A tuna breeding breakthrough involving spawning bluefin tuna babies could be the start of a billion-dollar boom for Australia's aquaculture industry by heading one step closer to a sustainable fish supply, said Hagen Stehr AO, chairman of Clean Seas Tuna. "This achievement is a world first, and a major stepping stone to presenting the world with a sustainable food resource for the future," he announced. "It is with confidence that Clean Seas Tuna will now accelerate the commercialisation of its achievements to grow and produce Southern Bluefin Tuna." The month-old fingerlings from South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula are the result of a decade of breeding research, taming one of the world's wildest fish. The team behind the breakthrough includes company Clean Seas Tuna and scientists from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, and the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre. Professor Abigail Elizur of the University of the Sunshine Coast says Clean Seas' success will revolutionise the tuna industry.

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