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University of Rhode Island opens tuna research facility

September 28, 2018

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has opened a new tuna research facility.

The Newport Daily News reports URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon in Narragansett for the Greenfins Aquaculture Tuna Center of Excellence. Officials say the program will include research on breeding and larval culture.

Vizsafe Inc. CEO Peter Mottur partnered with URI professor Terrance Bradley raise over $1.5 million in private funding for the center’s construction.

The 4,200-square-foot center currently houses 11 yellowfin tuna. The tuna, which are maintained by grad students, eat frozen fish sourced locally. According to Mottur, the facility recirculates “99 percent of the seawater.”

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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