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“The Tuna Hatchery Is Overflowing And We Haven’t Got Enough Pens”

Clean Seas Tuna plans to put Arno Bay on the map internationally, provided they get the support they want.

This follows the announcement last week that the company has successfully produced the world’s first on shore-bred swimming and eating southern bluefin tuna.
“This is a world first, it is mind blowing and we are over the moon,” said company director Hagen Stehr on Tuesday.

“The hatchery is overflowing and we haven’t got enough pens… this means a new ball game in the world of tuna.”

And this new ball game could be played out in our very own Arno Bay, potentially making the seaside town an international player in the seafood industry and at the same time creating new jobs and stimulating local economy.

“This could mean many things… it has the potential to be enormous for Arno Bay,” Mr. Stehr said.

The breakthrough could see facilities at Arno Bay grow tenfold as Clean Seas Tuna prepares to keep up with demand.

“We are looking at many things,” said Mr. Stehr, “like is Arno Bay actually the right place for us?

“There would need to be more housing and more labor (at Arno Bay), we need to attract the right workers to Arno Bay, people who actually want to make a career out of it and stay here in the district,” he said.

Mr. Stehr expressed disappointment at the District Council of Cleve and the State Government for not showing much of an interest in his company’s recent revolutionary development.

“I wonder if there’s a commitment from council and the state government? I would have thought council would be the ones to push something like this along?” Mr. Stehr questioned.

“We would welcome the mayor to come and see us,” he added.

Last week the challenge was to keep the newly produced larvae alive, but a week on and Clean Seas Tuna are in their fourteenth day of egg production and their livelihood looks promising.

Mr. Stehr said if all of the larvae and fertilized eggs Clean Seas has in its hatchery now were to grow into saleable tuna, the company would have in its tanks 22 times the number of fish the whole of the Australian southern bluefin tuna industry produces in a year.

Last week Mr. Stehr told the Eyre Peninsula Tribune that even if all this newly produced larvae is lost, the company now knows the triggers that get the tuna to reproduce.