A Norwegian company will start the first phase of a tuna production unit in aquaculture on the Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, as per the partnership agreement signed this week between Government and Nortuna Holding CV. SA.
A significant industrial investment project for aquaculture and processing of Atlantic bluefin tuna (ABFT) which will be able to export 500 tons (per year) during a starting phase of the project and allowing a maximum production of 10,000 tons at a later stage.
As per the Environmental Impact Study available for public consultation on the installation of Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna Farming, the first phase requires an initial investment of €2.5M, to which another €6M will be added supporting research and development program on ABFT species.
The global investment can reach €240M with a direct and indirect contribution of 3,000 jobs, with the pilot phase including construction of the incubator, supporting equipment and testing and quality check infrastructure. Later on, after completion of the first landmarks, a 2nd phase will expand production of ABFT in the sea of Flamengo at a larger scale, with a 3rd phase targeting an event larger production capacity, with the project expansion of project to other Cape Verdean islands, namely Santo Antão and São Nicolau.