Chris Loew

Chris Loew

Contributing Editor reporting from Osaka, Japan

Chris Loew reports from Osaka, Japan as a contributing editor for SeafoodSource.com. In addition to writing for SeafoodSource.com, he covers Japan for stock-investing newsletter Global Investing. He co-authored a college language text, “Healthcare English:  Read, Write and Speak It.” When not writing, he proofreads Japanese-to-English translations. Chris is a 1990 graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After graduation, he worked for two years in the purchasing department of a Japanese meat importer, and for five years as export director for two Seattle food companies, selling to customers in the Far East, and arranging shipping and export documentation for mixed containers of frozen foods.


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November 16, 2022

Two Japanese fishing villages are calling on their prefectural government to consider measures to stop the fishing operations of Russian trawlers in the Nemuro Strait.

The mayors, town councilors, and heads of local fishery cooperatives of Rausu and Betsukai, based in the Nemuro sub-prefecture of Hokkaido, are asking the Hokkaido government and Japan's Fisheries Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry

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November 15, 2022

The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Summit (TSSS) 2022 was held 19 to 21 October, 2022, as a hybrid-live and online event. Hosting a variety of speakers and panelists, the event was sponsored by Nikkei BP and Seafood Legacy, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.

The event focused on human rights due diligence relating to seafood supply chains, providing an overview of efforts being undertaken by major market

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November 14, 2022

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is holding its annual meeting 14 to 21 November in a hybrid format, both virtually and in person in Vale do Lobo, Portugal.

In the run-up to the meeting, the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) separately published position statements, detailing their requests to the regional fishery management

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November 8, 2022

Cutting capital expenditures and placing production facilities near the market are two keys to profitable land-based aquaculture, and a Japanese company is achieving both these goals by re-purposing vacant urban buildings.

Aqua Stage, established as a spin-off from Willstage, is a company based in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan developing commercial aquaculture facilities using new water purification technology in abandoned buildings. So

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November 1, 2022

Japan’s Fisheries Agency has released its annual Fisheries White Paper, covering trends in fisheries and aquaculture, the supply and demand patterns of fiscal-year 2021, and the impacts of the pandemic on the country’s seafood industry.

The white paper starts off with a review of Japan’s fifth Basic Fisheries Plan, a five-year guideline for systematically promoting fisheries-related measures based on Japan’s Basic Act on

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October 28, 2022

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will consider adopting a management procedure (MP) for skipjack tuna, but members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are hesitant to commit to them.

The measure will be taken up at the WCPFC’s 19th regular session, taking place 27 November to 3 December in Da Nang, Vietnam. The PNA said its member-states want any MP proposals to be just an item taken into account when

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October 26, 2022

Mitsubishi and Maruha Nichiro have established a joint venture called “ATLAND Corporation” to farm Atlantic salmon on land using proceeds from Japan’s first blue bond.

Through the joint venture Mitsubishi and Maruha Nichiro plan to build a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility with a capacity of 2,500 metric tons (MT) (live weight equivalent) in Nyuzen Town in Toyama Prefecture, aiming to start operations

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October 25, 2022

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) held a special meeting on 18 October to reschedule the Seventh Annual Session of the Commission of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) after postponement caused by complications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The NPFC's subsidiary bodies, such as administrative and scientific committees, will now meet 18 to 25 March, 2023 in Japan, and the commission itself will meet from 23 to 25

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October 19, 2022

The amount of saury landed in Japan is increasing, bringing some relief to Hokkaido and northeast Honshu fishermen.

Early on in the season, which opened in mid-August, Japan's saury catch was at its lowest level ever. At that time, schools of the fish were mainly in international waters, about three days from Japanese ports in Hokkaido. But to reach them in a straight line, fishing vessels had to cross through Russian waters.

Given the

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October 18, 2022

Proximar Seafood shareholders have approved a resolution to issue a convertible bond worth between NOK 150 million and NOK 250 million (USD 14.2 million and USD 23.8 million, EUR 14.4 million and EUR 24.1 million).

The funds will enable the company to begin its production phase and partly secure its further funding needs for its planned recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility near Japan's Mount Fuji,  according to

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