Conservation benefits from an individual fishing quota (IFQ) system implemented by a local fishery cooperative are giving momentum to a push for privatization of community fishing rights in Japan.
In the fall of 2011, local fishery cooperative members on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture were looking at ways to restore declining sweet shrimp stocks. At the suggestion of Masayuki Komatsu, who was then a visiting senior research fellow at… Read More
A 45 percent decline in supply is pushing prices of octopus in Japan 50 to 60 percent higher than the same time period last year.
In May, the volume of frozen uncooked octopus sold at public wholesale auctions in Tokyo was down 16 percent, while the price was up 30 percent from the same month in 2013. Now, the wholesale price of common octopus has climbed 50-60 percent to JPY 1,500 (USD 14.81, EUR 10.95) to JPY 1,600 (USD 15.80, EUR 11.68)… Read More
The supply of Japanese sardines sold at Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale market in June was 60 percent lower than at this time last year, while the average wholesale price is running JPY 300 (USD 2.94, EUR 2.16) to JPY 400 (USD 3.92, EUR 2.88) per kilogram up, 30 percent to 50 percent.
Prices usually drop as landings increase at this time of year, but instead the price has risen on low supplies. Sardines peaked early this year, in March and April,… Read More
There are 52 commercial fish species in waters surrounding Japan, managed as 84 stocks. Of these, the resource levels of 12 (14 percent) were high, those of 36 (43 percent) were medium, and those of 36 were low. The Pacific Ocean mackerel fishery and the Tsushima Current sardine fishery, both of which had low resource levels in 2012, recovered to the medium level in 2013.
Japan manages most species using a Total Allowable Effort (TAE) system,… Read More
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on 12 June added the Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) to its Red List of Threatened Species.
Japan’s Environment Ministry had already listed the eels as endangered in February of 2013, but the listing did not trigger any immediate protective actions. Earlier, in 2012, the capture of silver eels had been prohibited or restricted in three of Japan’s principal glass… Read More
Japanese aquaculture production has been gradually declining, now accounting for 20 percent of total seafood production, the same as for coastal fishing vessels. Aquaculture production value exceeds 30 percent of combined fisheries and aquaculture value.
Worldwide, aquaculture production accounts for 49 percent of total fisheries and aquaculture value. By volume, carp accounted for 28 percent, algae and kelp for 14 percent and 9 percent… Read More
Maruha Nichiro Corp. earlier this month released its annual report for the 2013 fiscal year ending 31 March 2014. The Tokyo-based company remained the world’s largest seafood business with sales of JPY 851 billion (USD 8.4 billion, EUR 6.1 billion), up 5.2 percent from the previous year. But while sales were up, profits were down. Consolidated net income was JPY 3.2 billion (USD 30.7 million, EUR 23 million), a year-on-year drop of 41.4… Read More
Japan’s season for “meiji-maguro” (young Pacific bluefin tuna) opened earlier than usual, with good catches in the East China Sea. The fish is normally caught in the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea to the east and south of Kyushu, respectively, from May to July, but good catches began to come in a few weeks early this year, starting in mid-April.
As a result, the wholesale price at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market declined by half… Read More
A treaty aimed at blocking poached Russian crab from entering Japan took effect on 1 April, after years of Japanese foot dragging. In response to the new documentation requirements, processing of illegal crab is expected to shift to China and Vietnam.
Because of the economic importance of crab processing to the economy of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, the Japanese government has long turned a blind eye to the landing, processing and… Read More
In 2006, Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Toshikatsu Matsuoka, proposed an inspection and rating system to certify Japanese restaurants abroad as authentic, citing excessive confusion with Asian fusion. An organization to carry… Read More