Cage for tuna rearing in Baja California. (Photo: Umami)
Tuna fattened in Ensenada reaches tables in Dubai
Friday, February 14, 2014, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
Baja California producers began sending Atlantic bluefin tuna reared in Ensenada to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, anounced the Undersecretary of Fisheries of Baja California, Matias Arjona Rydalch.
The tuna is packed in local fish farms and moved overland to Los Angeles Airport in California (USA), and then by plane to the Arab market.
Atlantic bluefin tuna is fattened in Ensenada with Pacific sardine, a small pelagic fish few centimetres long, which is fished near California peninsula, Ensenada.net reported.
Currently, there are three operational centres dedicated to Atlantic bluefin tuna fattening in Baja California: Acuacultura de Baja California, Baja Acuafarms and Servacs Blue (formerly Maricultura del Norte).
Producers catch juveniles around May. Then, after a period of fattening, they start harvesting in late October until the end of February.
Between 2,600 and 2,800 tonnes of Atlantic bluefin tuna have already been exported during the current season, and the sector estimates that it could eventually send abroad 3,500 tonnes by the end of the period.
The main markets for tuna fattened in Ensenada are the U.S., Japan, Korea and China, to which Dubai adds in.
Tuna is exported in two forms: fresh and frozen.
By Analia Murias