Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) has established a joint venture with IMT Engineering (IMTE) to farm shrimp on land, and to process and sell them.
The move comes amid increasing interest worldwide in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and follows a land-based shrimp farm in Kagoshima Prefecture established by Tokyo-based Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) utilizing a bio-floc system. Partial shipments from that operation commenced in 2017.… Read More
A lawsuit filed by fishermen in the north Hokkaido city of Rumoi three years ago against Japan’s national government for the continued withholding of bluefin quota – a measure to make up for overfishing in 2017 – was dismissed by the Sapporo District Court on 27 November.
The claimants said the government did not take sufficient measures to make sure fishermen in the prefecture obeyed new quota rules, according to a report by… Read More
Since 2014, a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by Jürgen Geist, a professor of aquatic systems biology, has been investigating the effects of hydroelectric power plants on aquatic habitats and fish moving downstream. What they discovered in the process may improve future dam planning, as well as retrofitting of existing hydroelectric power plants.
While fish moving upstream can get around a dam using a fish… Read More
The seafood-adoring nation of Japan certainly loves its crab.
Japanese Customs data for year 2019 shows that a total of 2,095,285 kilograms of frozen swimming crab (Portunus sp.) was imported. There is not a separate category for Callinectes species, which would cover the Atlantic blue crab. Instead, any imports in that genus would fall into “Crabs, other.” Picked or canned meat would also be separately listed. However, the frozen… Read More
The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 (TSSS2020) wrapped up on 11 November with a presentation of the Japan Sustainable Seafood Awards, the second time in the symposium’s history that awards were handed out.
TSSS2020, jointly organized by Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, was held online this November. The event brought together business experts and leading professionals from the seafood industry, those involved in… Read More
Fisherman Japan Marketing Co., Ltd. and the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry hosted the four-day Sanriku Fisheries Innovation Summit, an online event that brought together fishing industry stakeholders, tech-forward companies, and investors.
The goal of the event, which featured a series of online seminars held on 22 to 23 October and 29 to 30 October on Youtube Live, was to boost the fishing industry in Japan’s Sanriku… Read More
The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 took place earlier this month in an online format, replacing the in-person event which had drawn an increasing amount of attention and attendance for in the past few years for shining a light on issues of marine sustainability in seafood-loving Japan.Read More
Redfish, specifically of American origin, has become popular in Japan.
Japanese Customs data for 2019 shows imports of 10,780,663 kilograms of the genus Sebastes with a total value of JPY 3.3 billion (USD 31.6 million; EUR 26.6 million). Of this, the U.S. was the leading supplier, responsible for 7,861,104 kilograms valued at JPY 2.1 billion (USD 20.2 million; EUR 17 million).
Iceland followed with 1,522,474 kilograms valued at JPY 667.1 million… Read More
The 22nd Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo took place from 30 September through 2 October at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (also called “Tokyo Big Sight”).
Amid COVID-19 travel restrictions, the number of exhibitors fell from 835 to 300, and visitors fell from 34,018 to 12,000. The most notable aspect of the show was the small international presence.
But while foreign companies were scarce, six… Read More