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A World Aquaculture Pioneer : Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory

Kindai University’s aquaculture program and research started in 1948. The university was the first organization to successfully raise red sea bream and amberjack using full-cycle aquaculture, a process that involves raising fish from eggs to adults, rather than from juvenile fish caught in the wild.

With the wild stocks of many fish species in rapid decline, Kindai University fully understands the impact of overfishing and has steadfastly focused its research on the use of full-cycle aquaculture as one solution to the problem. In 2002, despite widespread belief that it was impossible to breed tuna using full-cycle aquaculture, Kindai University became the first in the world to do so with bluefin tuna. Our breeding technologies have been so successful that we are now able to release juvenile tuna into the oceans.

Tuna bred at Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory have been trademarked as Kindai tuna, a name that is also a testament to the high quality of these fish. At a time of growing concern over the safety of tuna and the high levels of mercury it may contain, Kindai tuna is guaranteed to be safe for human consumption.

Kindai University will continue to push the boundaries of aquaculture research, with the ultimate goal of reducing pressure on wild fish stocks and cultivating the oceans of the world through the reintroduction of fish.