“Everyone wants tuna,” says Dr. Terry Bradley, Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture Science at URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS). “Where’s all that tuna going to come from?”
With wild tuna numbers in decline due to global overfishing, Bradley hopes to develop the first commercial-scale aquaculture of yellowfin tuna. According to Bradley, today’s tuna stocks are more depleted than scientists anticipated. He thinks aquaculture can be the solution to meet the increasing demand for this high value fish.
To solve the tuna supply and demand problem, Bradley teamed up with CELS alum and entrepreneur Peter Mottur who created Greenfins, a company focused on production of tuna. Greenfins and URI developed a public-private partnership designed to launch a Tuna Research Center of Excellence on the URI campus. The center’s goal is to determine the technology, techniques, and protocols to successfully raise tuna in captivity while minimizing aquaculture’s impacts on the marine ecosystem…[Read more]