Exports of some Japanese seafood items have recovered after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, while others still languish.
The Ministry of Finance has released July customs data showing albacore tuna export volume, at 5,362 metric tons, was 2.5 times that of the same month last year, and sardine shipments, at 2,508 metric tons, had increased 90-fold. Both were mainly bound for Thailand. Mackerel was up 9 percent.
The large increase in sardines… Read More
Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s new prime minister, has spurred a rediscovery of the lowly bottom-feeding loach, a freshwater fish in the Cobitidae family.
In his official response to his selection, the new head of the democratic party of Japan and prime minister mentioned the poem “Loach,” by Mitsuo Aida. In a reference to Japan’s difficult situation, he said that like the loach, “I want to pull the nation forward with the belief that we… Read More
Prime New Zealand and Tokyo-based importer Koyo are now offering a new product in the Japanese market: Retail packed smoked salmon slices, made with New Zealand king salmon processed in the city of General Santos, Philippines.
Prime Foods NZ Ltd. formed a joint venture (JV) called Big Glory Bay Salmon and Seafood Co. with Philippine tuna processor Alliance Tuna International. The JV takes its name from an inlet on New Zealand’s southern-most… Read More
Seven overseas food buyers joined a buyer’s tour to Tokyo, Kobe and Okayama, sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), from 31 July to 10 August.
Participants visited the Agrifood Expo, a Tokyo trade show featuring a wide variety of Japanese specialty foods. A food processing plant, supermarket, beer and sake breweries, and dairy farm were also on the agenda.
A major part of the tour was business-matching meetings. Similar in
Photos of tsunami damage to fishing ports and vessels in northeast Japan were displayed at last month’s Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo by several fishery associations. Combined with the absence of exhibitors from the area, they lent a poignant mood to the show.
One of the missing products was oysters from Miyage Prefecture. The oysters, which are grown suspended on lines attached to floats, were carried away or buried in… Read More
Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Chris Loew attended last month’s Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo.
Shrimp was among the most prominent items displayed at the 13th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo, held from July 27 to 29 at Tokyo Big Sight. Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese booths all featured prawns, with Indonesia the only major producer absent. Yet, each country took a… Read More
Vietnam’s black tiger shrimp were struck by disease in April. Resulting short supply is now driving up prices in product’s largest market, Japan.
Shrimp died en-masse in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta. While white spot syndrome virus has been the major disease problem in the industry for years, this outbreak appears to have been caused by microsporidiosis. The disease’s hit to annual black tiger production is expected amount to 30… Read More
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on 1 July issued an updated report on damages caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and actions taken by the ministry.
This updates a preliminary survey of damage to the aquaculture industry by the Fisheries Agency released on 18 May. That survey estimated damages of JPY 100 billion (USD 1.24 billion), while the latest estimate is JPY 129.3 billion (USD 1.6 billion) to aquaculture,… Read More
Columbia, Md.-based FDA Imports helps Japanese food exporters that would like to have their products exempted from the import alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to radiation releases at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
Company founder Benjamin England said, “My advice to companies that would like to come off an import alert would be to provide… Read More
The price of Japanese farmed bluefin tuna is rising in response to higher fishmeal prices.
Peru, the world’s largest supplier of fishmeal and fish oil, exported just 61,800 metric tons of fishmeal in March, compared to 115,600 metric tons in 2010, a decline of 46.5 percent, according to the Statistical Bulletin of the Ministry of Produce.
This sharply contrasts with the favorable supply outlook in January, when landings of anchovy for the… Read More