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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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,… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance on 23 March lifted its ban on imports of Japanese seafood imports from the six prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Chiba and Niigata. The restrictions had been imposed in response to the 11 March, 2011, Fukushima nuclear disaster. Russia will also accept products from Fukushima Prefecture that are accompanied by documentation showing they are free of… Read More
A revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was signed on 8 March in Santiago, Chile, without the membership of its former chief backer, the United States.
After U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the original TPP agreement, the remaining members – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – went on to forge a deal called the Comprehensive and… Read More