Story 4: Spain (Aquaculture and Tourism)

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Story 4: Swimming with caged tuna in Spain

In the Catalunia and Murcia regions in Spain, a unique and innovative system has been developed to farm bluefin tuna. The fish are caught in the waters surrounding the Balearic Islands and then moved to an aquaculture operation where they are fattened for around a year in large offshore cages. This aquaculture operation is also being used as a tourist attraction, more specifically, to offer the opportunity to swim with the tuna in the open ocean cages. The fish farm is located about 2.5 miles from the coast, consisting of 7 pools with a diameter of 50 meters and a depth of 35 meters. More than 500 bluefin tuna live there in captivity. Educational elements (relating the history, life and fishing of bluefin tuna during the boat trip to the farm) are combined with the real experience of swimming or diving and selling tuna products.

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