A new study has discovered that a model optimizing Japanese catch levels for profitability could see a 3.5-fold increase in annual profits and a 30 percent increase in biomass.
The new study – “Alternative outcomes under different fisheries management policies: A bioeconomic analysis of Japanese fisheries” –will appear in the journal Marine Policy (October 2019, Article 103646) and compares modeled outcomes under… Read More
At the Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo – Asia’s largest with 35,000 visitors – held at Tokyo Big Sight on 21 to 23 August, one of the most noticeable changes this year was the many booths with prominent signage indicating Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) products.
The numerous logos reflect the rapid growth in the number of certifications awarded in recent years.… Read More
From 2-6 September, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)’s Northern Committee will meet in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., with proposals from Japan and South Korea for increased Pacific bluefin catch limits on the agenda.
Pacific bluefin is in the first few years of a recovery plan, which aims to restore the stock to 20 percent of its pre-fishing levels by 2034. Japan, citing a recovery in the stock of juvenile fish in… Read More
Companies making seafood alternatives continue to attract investment from venture capital firms convinced the future of food begins in the science lab.
Until recently, start-up companies looking to enter the market for meat substitutes have mainly focused on imitating beef, pork, and chicken. However, a perceived gap in the market for vegetarian alternatives to seafood has led to a boom in startups looking to gain market share.
Gathered… Read More
Japan’s Midsummer Day of the Ox, when it is traditional to eat eel to maintain stamina in the humid summer, fell on Saturday, 27 July, this year. Sales related to the day typically account for 30 to 40 percent of the country’s annual consumption of eel.
Japan’s catch of glass eels continues to decline, mostly due to the side-effects of dams and other river modifications, but closed-cycle breeding is advancing in the… Read More
The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC), responsible for managing Pacific saury, Pacific chub mackerel, two squid species, and other stocks across a large portion of the Pacific, met for its fifth annual session from 16 to 18 July in Tokyo, Japan. Members include Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the U.S., and the Republic of Vanuatu.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.-based non-governmental… Read More
Seven & i Holdings, based in Tokyo, Japan, announced in May its environmental goals for its group companies, under the slogan: “GREEN CHALLENGE 2050.”
The holding company owns major Japanese supermarket chain Ito-Yokado as well as regional supermarket York-Benimaru. It also owns Sogo and SEIBU department stores and Denny’s restaurants in Japan, the 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Japan, and it bought out 7-Eleven Inc.… Read More
The sea pineapple (Halocynthia roretzi) is an edible ascidian, or sea squirt, consumed primarily in South Korea, and to a lesser extent in Japan, where it is known as hoya or maboya. It looks like a bumpy yellow ball. The inside of the ball is filled with seawater which the animal can eject at will, and it also contains edible organs.
Miyagi Prefecture, in northeast Honshu Island, is the major producer of farmed sea pineapple, while… Read More
Shiok Meats, based in Singapore, made headlines when it unveiled a small quantity of lab-grown shrimp meat in the form of “siew mai” dumplings at the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit in March. Only three people – all associated with the company – got a taste, but it was a proof that the goal was achievable.
The company may have a leg up on competitors working on mammals, as CEO Sandhya Sriram has confirmed to… Read More
On 5 June, the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Chief Kenji Kanasugi met the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs Kim Jung-han in Tokyo.
Kim told Kanasugi that Tokyo should not use a recently announced stiffer inspection scheme for flatfish and shellfish as a disguised discriminatory measure against South Korean seafood. Korea has maintained restrictions on… Read More