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.

Published on
November 18, 2009

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) over the weekend reduced the eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna quota by nearly 40 percent for 2010, to 13,500 metric tons.

In Japan — which consumes about 80 percent of the roughly 60,000 metric tons of bluefin tuna caught worldwide annually — restaurateurs, retailers and consumers fear that the quota cut will cause prices to jump.

But with the recent reduction in

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Published on
November 9, 2009

 U.S. Alaska pollock surimi prices have leveled off after a sharp spike last year and corresponding drop this year. Whitefish supplies remain tight worldwide, constricting surimi supplies. But the poor economy has brought demand down, too. SeafoodSource talked to Hiroshi Tsukano, manager of Maruha Nichiro Seafoods' surimi division, about the outlook for the global surimi market.

Loew: Have sales volume and prices of your fish-paste products in

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Published on
October 21, 2009

While blaming wild scallop dredging for damaging the environment, conservationists are praising cultivated scallops from Asia.

In the United Kingdom, Lyme Bay, the Firth of Lorn and Cardigan Bay have been closed to scallop dredging due to diminishing scallop stocks and concerns about seabed conditions. A scientific report issued 13 October by Scottish Environment LINK blames scallop dredging for killing seabed algae and urges hand-picking by

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Published on
October 19, 2009

 Kona Blue Water Farms is the only U.S. aquaculture producer of Seriola rivoliana, a close relative of yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata). The Hawaiian company, which markets its fish as Kona Kampachi®, received a "good alternative" rating in Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch yellowtail report, while its Japanese and Australian competitors received an "avoid" rating.

Kona's score was partly based on its wild-fish-in to farmed-fish-out

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Published on
October 15, 2009

Scallops are among the foods a Hong Kong Chinese-language TV cooking show will feature following this week’s visit to Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, by invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The show, “Those were the tastes,” is hosted by chef Wing Sun Ko. It airs on i-Cable Entertainment’s channel 12 at 10 p.m. on Saturday and averages 100,000 viewers. Ko also operates three restaurants in Panyu, China,

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Published on
October 14, 2009

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum), also known as lemonfish or crabeater in the United States, holds a lot of promise worldwide. But the farmed whitefish has been slow to catch on in the Japanese market.

Among cobia’s attributes are its fast growth rate; the species reaches a harvestable weight in less than one year, as opposed to approximately three years for salmon and amberjack. It has a better feed conversion ratio, too, and may therefore be

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Published on
September 16, 2009

"Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert" filmed last week in Matsuyama and Uwajima on Japan's Shikoku Island. The episode, focusing on seafood, will air in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service. The broadcast schedule is yet to be determined.

Yellowtail (hamachi) and sea bream (madai) are farmed near Shikoku Island and will be prominent in the segment. Eckert refers to sea bream as "snapper."

"I'd be happy to call it a sea bream," Eckert

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Published on
September 14, 2009

Last week, SeafoodSource visited a yellowtail farm near Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, in conjunction with a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry promotional event. This presented an opportunity to see if the sushi sustainability ratings by various organizations are accurate.

Among the most popular sushi sustainability guides is Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It recommends that consumers “avoid”

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Published on
September 14, 2009

Mentaiko — Alaska pollock eggs marinated in chili, sake, kelp and citrus for several hours — is growing in popularity not only in Japan but also in the West.

Originally a Korean dish, mentaiko was introduced to Japan in the 1950s. It is eaten directly or with rice, or is popular in spaghetti or baked into French bread — a mentaiko spaghetti recipe is included in the popular Japanese cookbook, Harumi’s Japanese Cooking. And many U.S.

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Published on
August 13, 2009

Japanese seafood heavyweight Maruha Nichiro Holdings recently released its first-quarter results for fiscal 2010.

Sales for the period ending 30 June totaled JPY 200.9 billion (USD 2.1 billion, EUR 1.5 billion), down 12.1 percent from the same period last year. Operating profit was down 66.3 percent, and net profit was down 12.4 percent, to JPY 1.9 billion (USD 19 million, EUR 13 million).

The company lost JPY 6.3 billion (USD 65 million, EUR 45

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