At the Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo – Asia’s largest with 35,000 visitors – held at Tokyo Big Sight on 21 to 23 August, one of the most noticeable changes this year was the many booths with prominent signage indicating Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) products.
The numerous logos reflect the rapid growth in the number of certifications awarded in recent years.… Read More
From 2-6 September, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)’s Northern Committee will meet in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., with proposals from Japan and South Korea for increased Pacific bluefin catch limits on the agenda.
Pacific bluefin is in the first few years of a recovery plan, which aims to restore the stock to 20 percent of its pre-fishing levels by 2034. Japan, citing a recovery in the stock of juvenile fish in… Read More
Aomori, Japan has set a new record for its scallop harvest, getting, 67,000 metric tons by the end of July. That number surpasses the previous record high for the period, set back in 2016. The value of sales from… Read More
Companies making seafood alternatives continue to attract investment from venture capital firms convinced the future of food begins in the science lab.
Until recently, start-up companies looking to enter the market for meat substitutes have mainly focused on imitating beef, pork, and chicken. However, a perceived gap in the market for vegetarian alternatives to seafood has led to a boom in startups looking to gain market share.
Gathered… Read More
Japan’s Midsummer Day of the Ox, when it is traditional to eat eel to maintain stamina in the humid summer, fell on Saturday, 27 July, this year. Sales related to the day typically account for 30 to 40 percent of the country’s annual consumption of eel.
Japan’s catch of glass eels continues to decline, mostly due to the side-effects of dams and other river modifications, but closed-cycle breeding is advancing in the… Read More
The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC), responsible for managing Pacific saury, Pacific chub mackerel, two squid species, and other stocks across a large portion of the Pacific, met for its fifth annual session from 16 to 18 July in Tokyo, Japan. Members include Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the U.S., and the Republic of Vanuatu.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.-based non-governmental… Read More
Seven & i Holdings, based in Tokyo, Japan, announced in May its environmental goals for its group companies, under the slogan: “GREEN CHALLENGE 2050.”
The holding company owns major Japanese supermarket chain Ito-Yokado as well as regional supermarket York-Benimaru. It also owns Sogo and SEIBU department stores and Denny’s restaurants in Japan, the 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Japan, and it bought out 7-Eleven Inc.… Read More