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Fully farmed Japanese tuna heading to overseas markets

University project ready to begin Southeast Asian exports this fall

Pacific bluefin tuna, served in Japanese sushi restaurants as "maguro," has been declared a threatened species.

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Toyota Tsusho and Kindai University will begin exporting fully farmed Pacific bluefin tuna to Southeast Asia and other markets starting this fall, they announced Thursday. 

Full-cycle fish farming is garnering attention for its sustainability as calls for protecting ocean resources grow louder worldwide. Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most popular sushi ingredients, was placed on the threatened-species list in 2014 over concerns about depleted natural stocks.

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