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.

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July 12, 2018

Two Croatian entrepreneurs, in coordination with the University of Dubrovnik, are planning to open that county’s first hatchery for European flat oysters.

European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) are considered a delicacy, with a distinctive, slightly metallic taste. But they are rare, primarily due to their susceptibility to disease – particularly, infections from the parasite Bonamia ostrea, which affects the oysters’ digestion

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July 2, 2018

A food education white paper submitted by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, and approved by the Cabinet of Japan in May, says that more of the country’s citizens are eating alone, leading to poor nutrition. 

The report detailed a survey on dietary education which showed that 15.3 percent of the 1,786 survey respondents eat meals on their own more than half of the week, up five percent from 2011, when the

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June 26, 2018

Greenpeace Japan is highlighting the prevalence of illegally-sourced eel in Japan’s supply chain and is calling for more traceability in advance of the midsummer day of the ox, a holiday celebrated by eating grilled eel. This year it falls on two days: 20 July and 1 August.

Greenpeace issued a report on 4 June that shows eels are at high risk from poaching and illegal transactions. The organization conducted a survey on eel procurement at

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June 1, 2018

The 15th Infofish World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition opened on 28 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The three-day conference covered resources, fisheries management, markets, new technologies, food safety, sustainability, and environmental issues.

Among the sponsors was the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Jong-Jin Kim, FAO’s deputy regional representative for Asia and the Pacific, said during his opening

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May 11, 2018

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a U.S. nonprofit organization established in the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded a USD 300,000 (EUR) grant for pioneering new scallop production techniques in the state of Maine. 

The grant, announced 23 April, is going to Brunswick, Maine-based Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), which will manage the program. CEI offers business advisory services to small businesses as well as financing

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May 7, 2018

The product of Japan’s first aquaculture improvement project (AIP), Miyagi Onagawa Coho Salmon, is now available at more than 50 Tokyo-area Seiyu GK retail stores. 

The AIP was launched in the fall of 2017 by project partners Ocean Outcomes, Fisherman Japan, Marukin Co., Ltd., Seafood Legacy and Seiyu. Seiyu GK operates supermarkets, shopping centers and department stores, and is owned by Arkansas, U.S.A.-based Wal-Mart Stores,

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May 3, 2018

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) imported to Japan from Africa in April was 70 percent more expensive this year than it was in 2017 due to a poor spring catch in Morocco and increased consumption in Spain and the United States.

The Nikkei Asian Review reported prices have risen to JPY 1,600 (USD 14.89, EUR 12.09) per kilogram, compared to JPY 950 (USD 8.69, EUR 7.18) a year earlier. 

Japan relies heavily on imports from Morocco and

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May 1, 2018

Raising ocean fish in land-based tanks on a commercial scale is usually uneconomical – while coastal aquariums can simply pump seawater into their tanks, this negates some of the advantages of being land-based for a commercial operation, such as eliminating parasites and water-borne diseases, and keeping fish wastes out of the environment.

If seawater is not used, then salt must be added to freshwater with care to pH levels and

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April 20, 2018

On late February, Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries and the World Wildlife Fund hosted a two-day regional workshop to create a better understanding among states in the western and central Pacific Ocean of the “harvest strategy” approach to tuna management. About 40 participants from Fiji and across the Pacific region attended.

The event, held in the city of Nadi, was funded by the Global Environment Facility’s Areas

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April 10, 2018

On 11 March, the seventh anniversary of the great East Japan earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was recognized. Amidst rebuilding, excessive fear of radiation now poses a greater obstacle to recovery than actual physical damage.

Damage to fishing industry infrastructure occurred mainly in the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. Some piers were damaged in Hokkaido, Aomori, and Chiba prefectures, but these have

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