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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June 3, 2021

Japan’s Fisheries Agency released a report on 28 May showing that seafood production in 2020, including that from aquaculture, declined by 21,000 metric tons (MT), or 0.5 percent, from the previous year to 4.175 million MT ... 

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June 2, 2021

Two new land-based trout aquaculture projects underway in Japan are partnerships between an infrastructure company, a seafood distributor, and a trout hatchery …

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May 28, 2021

As the size of the Japanese fish-paste product market is limited by the country’s shrinking population, the major manufacturers of such products are looking overseas for growth …

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May 26, 2021

Large hauls of horse mackerel in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture in May, combined with low restaurant demand, have led to lower wholesale prices at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market …

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May 25, 2021

Tokyo, Japan-based seafood conglomerate Nissui released its consolidated financial results for fiscal year 2020 on 13 May, and its related presentation materials on 21 May, indicating the company saw a decline in sales and profit.

The company reported its net sales declined by 4.9 percent, and its operating profit dropped 20.8 percent. Ordinary profit was off by 11.8 percent, and profit attributable to the owners of the parent were fairly stable

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May 14, 2021

American consumers are familiar with the “Dolphin Safe” label on their tuna cans, and they may soon be seeing “FAD-free” labels, too.

The Blue Marine Foundation, a London-based NGO focused on marine conservation, hosted a free online interactive roundtable on “Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in Responsible Tuna Fisheries” on Thursday, 6 May.

The foundation is focused on securing marine protected areas,

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May 11, 2021

Mitsubishi Corporation, the parent company of Norway-based Cermaq, reported on 7 May in its financial results for the year ending on March 2021 that the company saw a drop in revenue in 2020.

The company reported revenues of JPY 12.8 trillion (USD 118.5 billion, EUR 97.4 billion), down nearly 13 percent from last year, mainly due to decreased volumes in its petroleum business. Gross profit fell by 10 percent from 2010, to JPY 1.6 trillion

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April 26, 2021

A trial at Japan’s Kindai University has shown that Menlo Park, California-based Calysta Inc.’s FeedKind bacterial protein meal (BPM) can replace up to 30 percent of fishmeal protein – or up to 20 percent of total feed – in the diet of yellowtail without any impact on growth rate, digestibility, daily feeding rate, or feed efficiency.

The paper, "Methanotroph (Methylococcus capsulatus, Bath) bacteria meal as an

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April 22, 2021

The Pew Charitable Trusts officially named Gakushi Ishimura, an associate professor at Iwate University in Japan, a Pew Marine Fellow on 1 April, which comes with a USD 150,000 (EUR 124,882) grant to support his fisheries research over three years.

The research funded by the grant will focus on investigating the responses of Japanese fisheries to extreme events, such as the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami and the current pandemic.

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April 20, 2021

Preliminary figures for Japan’s domestic bluefin tuna aquaculture performance in 2020, released by the country’s fisheries agency, showed a decline in the number of farms as well as the volume and number of fish shipped …

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