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Skretting partners with aquaculture start-up Next Tuna

January 26, 2023  By  Nestor Arellano

Andrew Eckhardt, co-founder of Next Tuna. (Image: Skretting)

Next Tuna GmbH, a company that aims to be the first to complete the reproductive cycle of Atlantic bluefin in a closed aquaculture system on a commercial scale, has entered into a partnership with global fish feed producer Skretting.

Next Tuna and Skretting will jointly-develop dry feed for Atlantic bluefin from first feeding to transfer at 10 kg. The collaboration will also have the support of Skretting’s global network of scientific experts and its overarching global research units, with Skretting Italy formulating, manufacturing and supplying the Next Tuna feeds.

The global tuna market is almost entirely based on wild-catch fishery. Next Tuna aims to change all this.


The company is constructing a land-based farm at a location north of Valencia in Spain, where Next Tuna is currently in the permitting process.

This facility will draw on all of the latest scientific developments in Atlantic bluefin tuna breeding and apply them on-the-ground in a fully controlled, floating recirculating aquaculture system (RAS).

Commercial production is expected to begin in 2024, gradually increasing to full capacity by 2028.

“This partnership with Skretting takes the Next Tuna project on to the next exciting level. Skretting’s world-class aquaculture and feed R&D will ensure we have the ideal feed solution to lead the way and put sustainable farmed Atlantic bluefin on the map – truly meeting the needs of the market,” said Andrew Eckhardt, co-founder of Next Tuna.

“With this new diet, Skretting hopes to clear one of the major obstacles that has stood between tuna farming and a safer, more sustainable future. Changing up to a formulated diet for tuna in these life-start stages can provide the stable, forward-looking platform from which the whole sector can progress,” said Umberto Luzzana, Marketing Manager at Skretting Italy.

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