The tuna war is no longer about competition, but about cultivation and the acquisition of currency. The winner of the tuna war will be those who can create stable supply with the least cost and become the leader of the seas.
Japan, which has been studying tuna cultivation since 1985, has already succeeded in complete cultivation! Already living there are 630 cultivated tuna more than two years old. Port Lincoln, Australia, known as the paradise of fisheries, also exports 4,000 tons of farmed southern bluefin tuna around the world. What about Korea?
A revolutionary attempt was made in the waters off Jeju Island last July. Tuna cultivated in inland pens were moved to open-sea underwater pens for continued cultivation. While other countries chose to cultivate tuna inland for convenience, Korea chose to attempt cultivating tuna out in the ocean. Will Korea succeed in this ambitious attempt?
The first step in open-sea, underwater bluefin tuna cultivation is placing the bluefin tuna in pens. A 2-day voyage takes the tuna from their inland farm to an underwater pen in the open sea, 3 kilometers out and 45 meters deep.
The world has its eyes on the open-sea underwater cultivation of bluefin tuna! Part 2 takes a look at the significance of this success and the golden prospects of the Korean tuna industry.