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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Published on
June 30, 2023

Choshi, Japan-based seafood trader Iida Suisan, which mainly deals in sardines and mackerel, is considering a move into processing as environmental changes continue to cause catch variability.

Iida Suisan sells about 80,000 metric tons (MT) of fish per year – about half in Japan and half overseas – and the majority of its sales are bulk fish packed by other local processors. Most of its products are sourced locally, as Choshi is the

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June 28, 2023
Construction on the Soul of Japan land-based salmon aquaculture facility has officially begun.  The recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) farm will be the largest of five land-based facilities either operating or currently under construction in Japan. Representatives of Shimizu a major Japanese construction company that is the general contractor for the building project, and Oriental Consultants Global, a Tokyo-based project management… Read More
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June 23, 2023

The news of rebounding Japanese sardine stocks in early 2023 has been greeted with dismay by Japan's seafood industry, as the cheaper sardines are supplanting more profitable mackerel in the global marketplace.

Catches of spotlined sardines (Sardinops melanostictus) have been strong in Japan this year since the beginning of February, continuing an ongoing trend. But the species' abundance has been linked to a decline in mackerel catches.

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June 22, 2023

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) recently reported the 2022 salmon catch in its area of oversight at 710,400 metric tons, the second-lowest total since 2000.

The declines were blamed on lower landings of pink and chum salmon in Asia, where those species make up most of the catch, according to a NPAFC scientific committee report.

The Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based NPAFC, which includes Canada, Japan, South Korea,

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June 12, 2023

Nissui released its consolidated financial results for fiscal year 2022, ending 31 March, 2023, revealing higher sales on account of a rebound from loosened Covid-19 measures, but lower operating profits mainly due to higher material costs.

The Tokyo, Japan-based seafood conglomerate’s report and related presentation materials highlighted a net sales increase of 10.7 percent, reaching JPY 768 billion (USD 5.5 billion, EUR 5.1 billion), up

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June 7, 2023

Two of Japan’s biggest trading companies, Marubeni and Sumitomo, have separately begun partnerships with insect protein companies, aiming to both use and sell the alternative protein for aquaculture feed purposes in Japan.

Japan is the second-largest user of fishmeal in the world, with much of it imported from Peru  for its yellowtail and sea bream aquaculture operations. But recently, prices for fishmeal have been rising, leading to

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June 6, 2023

Hannah Schlosstein is the new international marketing coordinator for Asia at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). She earned a politics and sociology undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and then worked as a language teacher in rural Japan for two years. Schlosstein most recently worked as a clinical programs manager at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Hospital in Juneau. She

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June 1, 2023

Japan’s imports of fish and fish preparations from Russia in 2022 rose to a new record value of JPY 155.2 billion (USD 1.14 billion, EUR 1.05 billion), up 12.9 percent from 2021, frustrating other nations, especially Canada, that have vowed to heavily limit or totally ban imports from the country following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The previous record high value of seafood imports from Russia to Japan occurred in 2018, when

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May 31, 2023

Steinar Ludvigsen, the founder and general manager of Kristiansund, Norway-based Seabed Innovation, has big plans to market uni sourced from Norwegian sea urchins, beginning with European and Asian markets.

Many aspects of his plan are novel. For example, while scuba divers conduct most urchin harvesting around the world by carrying a basket and a claw tool, Ludvigsen said this process is too costly in Norway.

“We have a new method to

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May 23, 2023

At Japan's 2023 Foodex show at the Tokyo Big Sight venue in 10 March, Andrew Rooney, the second-generation managing partner of Northern Ireland-based Rooney Fish, was on the lookout for a Japanese importer and distributor for his company's brown crab.

Aiming to diversify the markets in which he operates, Rooney set up shop at Foodex, Japan’s largest food exposition with over 73,000 visitors, he eventually found a partner in Godak

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