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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December 3, 2019

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which manages highly migratory fish like tuna in the area, will hold its 16th annual meeting from 5 to 11 December in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The Pew Charitable Trusts is calling on the commission to use the opportunity to strengthen port state measures to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United

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December 3, 2019

Tech companies have been quick to seize the opportunity presented by Japan’s recent Fisheries Reform Act, which opened underutilized aquaculture sites to use by companies, rather than reserving them for local fishery cooperatives.

A major impetus behind the legislation was an effort to stimulate a surge of capital investment into aquaculture. At the Japan International Seafood and Technology Show – which took place in Tokyo in

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November 29, 2019

Sea urchin ranching innovator Urchinomics is establishing a semi-commercial scale feeding facility in Japan’s Oita Prefecture.

The concept behind the farm is to harvest empty sea urchins from areas where kelp beds have been overeaten, and feed them in a land-based facility until they grow to marketable size. When sea urchins overgraze kelp beds, they eat themselves out of their food source. But rather than die from starvation, they can

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November 19, 2019

The Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium continues to encourage dialogue around seafood sustainability issues in Japan and beyond.

This year’s symposium, hosted by Seafood Legacy, Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, and co-hosted by The Walton Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, took place 7 and 8 November.

A major topic of conversation at the event was Japan’s new Fisheries Reform Act, which revamped the

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November 13, 2019

The fifth annual Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium, which took place 7 and 8 November, was the largest ever, with 100 speakers and 1,000 attendees, making it Asia’s biggest event focused on seafood sustainability.

The robust attendance shows sustainability has firmly entered the mainstream conversation when it comes to seafood in Japan, according to Wakao Hanaoka, the CEO of non-governmental organization Seafood Legacy, which

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October 30, 2019

The Japanese government may allow Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to dump more than 250 million gallons of contaminated water accumulated in tanks around its Fukushima nuclear power plants into the ocean.

Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada commented in September that he supports the plan, as it may be the only solution for the wastewater. An expert panel is now studying the options, and its recommendation is likely to become policy.

The

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October 28, 2019

Japan is enthusiastic about the UNESCO World Heritage List, seeing it as a major tourist draw. This enthusiasm is the major impetus toward an effort to restore the viability of several prime salmon rivers in the country's north.

Approving sites for the UNESCO World Heritage List often comes with requirements, such as restoring or protecting historic or natural features – this was the case when Japan applied to have Shiretoko National

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October 21, 2019

A new report from the nonprofit Planet Tracker is urging banks and investors to price the hidden risk of unsustainable operations by Japanese seafood companies into their lending decisions.

Planet Tracker is a project of Investor Watch, a nonprofit company with the goal of encouraging “impact investing,” or aligning capital markets with social and ecological sustainability. Mark Campanale, a co-founder of Investor Watch, formerly

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October 10, 2019

In recent years, concern has been growing about bycatch of juvenile bigeye tuna by purse-seiners setting nets on drifting fish aggregation devices (dFADs). The main target of the purse-seiners is the more plentiful skipjack tuna, but as bigeye inhabit the same tropical seas, they are often taken as well.

The devices typically consist of a raft or buoy trailing a length of disused netting tied into the shape of a string of sausages, used to

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October 2, 2019

Hatchery salmon have cushy lives compared with their wild brethren. They get their food delivered, but more importantly, they don’t have to successfully spawn, and the conditions for their egg and juvenile stages are optimized. 

Wild salmon, meanwhile, have to deal with various stresses and selection pressures that weed out the weak and encourage traits that are well-adapted to the local conditions of their river. Weak or

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