Jul. 30, 2014 3:47 pm

At IMET, NPR reports, farming bluefin tuna ain’t easy

Bluefin tuna, at auction in Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

(Photo by Flickr user InvernoDreaming, used under a Creative Commons license)

A story on downtown Baltimore’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology aired on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday.

See the story on NPR

Scientists at IMET talked about their work farming the coveted bluefin tuna. The bluefin suffers from overfishing, but farming them is a challenge for IMET and the several other aquaculture institutions working to grow them.

Besides emulating the tuna’s oceanic habitat, scientists must also feed the voracious predators other fish until a new solution is found. That’s why, one expert told NPR, it’s unclear if farming bluefin tuna is ultimately worth the trouble.

IMET, founded in 2010, is a joint project of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Earlier this month, IMET was awarded a three-year grant to launch a new program to teach its graduate students the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, as Technical.ly Baltimore reported.

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