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More Employees Lose Tuna Farming Jobs

Another local southern bluefin tuna company has sacked employees and will scale back its effort for the next fishing season.



Last week, a local tuna company decided it would no longer farm southern bluefin tuna and only catch quota for other companies, resulting in the loss of seven jobs.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief executive officer Brian Jeffriess said another tuna company had "scaled back" for the 2013/14 season.

Mr Jeffriess said the move had resulted in five people losing their jobs.

"Some other companies had not re-contracted some positions," he said.

"These changes are only a small part of the total tuna industry workforce, but the effect on individuals is very regrettable.

"These are all part of adjusting to the ongoing strength of the Australian dollar and the effect on the competitiveness of Australian product."

Mr Jeffriess said despite the changes in the fishery, the outlook for the industry was very positive.

"The catch quota has been increasing since 2011, and a further large rise is expected in 2014 and 2015," he said.

"As well, the supply of tuna from Port Lincoln's competitors in Japan is expected to decline, especially from 2015."