At IMET, NPR reports, farming bluefin tuna ain't easy - Baltimore


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 Baltimore reported.

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