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Japan's Kyokuyo readies fully farmed tuna for market

Seafood distributor joins growing bluefin aquaculture industry

Kyokuyo raises tuna in the waters of Sukumo Bay in western Japan.

TOKYO -- Japanese seafood distributor Kyokuyo will begin shipping fully farmed Pacific bluefin tuna to stores and restaurants in November, aiming to offer a sustainable alternative to a fish whose natural stock is threatened by rising consumption.

Fully farmed tuna are the offspring of fish hatched from artificially inseminated eggs and raised to adulthood. The entire process is controlled, allowing for full traceability -- an increasingly important concept in today's food supply chains.

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