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
October 12, 2018

Problems of all kinds have beset Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market since the 2001 announcement that it would replace the famed Tsukiji market, and Wednesday, 11 October, the day of its opening, was no exception.

In advance of the opening in the early morning hours, traffic jams saw long lines of trucks and unloading at undesignated areas. Later in the day, the arrival of VIPs, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was marred when one of the

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Published on
October 1, 2018

Japan and Peru, two of the world’s biggest players when it comes to seafood, are hoping to crack down on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in their exclusive economic zones through increased use of cutting-edge technology.

A key player in both countries’ efforts is the Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit organization with the goal of “advancing sustainability of the oceans through increased

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Published on
September 13, 2018

Japan’s proposal for increasing the catch quota of Pacific bluefin tuna by about 15 percent from 2019 has been rejected.

Japan made its request at the committee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Fukuoka, Japan, which took place 3 to 7 September. Japan pushed for the quota increase after scientific data showed a recovery in the stock.

The WCPFC has set a mid-term target of increasing stocks of adult

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Published on
September 10, 2018

Through the Common Oceans ABNJ [areas beyond national jurisdiction] Tuna Project, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) coordinates a number of activities with a large array of partners to improve the sustainability of tuna fisheries. Among those, there have been a total of eight capacity building workshops, with the last and final one taking place in the final week of August in San Diego, California, U.S.A.

The workshops seek to bring

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September 7, 2018

The fourteenth regular session of the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) finishes up Friday, 7 September, after three days of meetings in Fukuoka, Japan.

The committee has been considering a draft conservation management measure for a Pacific bluefin tuna catch documentation scheme. General goals for tuna management were already outlined at the committee’s December meeting in Manila, the

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Published on
September 6, 2018

Maruha Nichiro's consolidated financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, released in August, showed sales up 1.1 percent, but operating income down by 31.9 percent. Ordinary income declined by 22 percent to about JPY 6.9 billion (USD 62.2 million, EUR 53.6 million), according to the company.

The company attributed its lackluster performance mainly to high material prices, which it identified as a short-term issue. The full-year

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Published on
August 31, 2018

Japan may be the big winner in a sea cucumber market that has literally gotten too hot.

A heat wave from late July to early August in China’s Liaoning Province killed most of the sea cucumbers being raised in shallow ponds there. Liaoning is the main production area in China for farmed sea cucumber, and as a result of the die-off, China may have to make up the deficit with increased imports. 

Japan is the most likely beneficiary of

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Published on
August 2, 2018

Somalia has the longest coastline of any country on the continent of Africa, and has abundant tuna and marlin resources. Yet, there are no Somali owners of commercial longline vessels. Fishing by Somalis is mainly conducted on an artisanal scale, with commercial fishing boats owned and crewed by foreigners. 

One Somali-American hopes to change that. 

Abdifatah Gaal came to the U.S.A. while young, graduated from the City

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Published on
August 2, 2018

Japan will propose increasing the catch quota of Pacific bluefin tuna at a committee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission planned for 3 to 7 September in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Japan will argue that it is feasible to increase catches by up to about 15 percent from 2019 due to a recovery in the stock, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has set a mid-term target

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Published on
July 23, 2018

Negotiators from the 11 signatories of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), agreed on 19 July to start accession talks with potential new members in 2019, when the free trade pact goes into effect. Thailand, Indonesia, Columbia, South Korea and Taiwan may wish to join. 

The U.K. has also teased the idea of joining, as suggested by Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, as an

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