After a 30-year break, Japan will resume commercial whaling in July.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on 26 December, 2018, the country would withdraw from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The announcement was timed to meet a six-month notification requirement.
By beating a 1 January deadline for notifying the U.S. State Department – which in turn notified the… Read More
The spring season for hairy crabs (Hapalogaster mertensii or kegane in Japanese) in Hokkaido is off to a poor start in the Sea of Okhotsk, the main production area, as landings fell sharply from the same period last year… Read More
Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation, the world’s largest fishery company by revenue, on 15 May reported its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2019. Sales were up from the previous year by 0.4 percent, but operating profit fell 11.2 percent. The company’s net profit rose 3.7 percent.
In its fishery and aquaculture business, sales decreased, as typhoons hurt bluefin farming operations. Declining… Read More
Seven trucks loaded with octopus were seized by police and port authorities in the southern Moroccan city of Dakhla on 2 April when government officials declared the shipments did not have the necessary authorizations… Read More
Tokyo’s Toyosu Wholesale Market, the primary fish market in Japan, has been struggling to attract visitors to watch its tuna auctions.
Its predecessor, the Tsukiji Market, was a major tourist draw in the Tokyo area, but its famed tuna auctions were moved to Toyosu last year. Even though a specially designed glass-enclosed viewing area was opened in the new market on 15 January, tourists have been staying away.
SeafoodSource visited both… Read More
At the Foodex trade show held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in March, several companies displayed the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo, as well as logos certifying that their products are “halal,” meaning permissible for Muslims to eat.
Taiwanese companies were most notable for the ASC certification. Lucky Holder, based in Neipu Township, Pingtun County, Taiwan, displayed the ASC logo, and additionally the… Read More
After two years of conversation, site visits, and scientific work, Japan’s third fishery improvement project (FIP) – the Tomamae Giant Pacific Octopus FIP – is now officially underway. The previous two FIPs were the Nachi Katsuura Albacore Longline FIP and the Tokyo Bay Sea Perch FIP.
An FIP is a stepwise approach toward Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. It involves an analysis against the MSC Fisheries Standard,… Read More
A new processing plant operated as a joint-venture between Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Kesennuma, Japan-based Osabe Foods began production of pollock fillets for the Japanese market last month.
The 2,380-square-meter plant in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, was built on the site of a former clothing factory. Construction of the steel-frame building was begun in November 2018. Including the production lines and… Read More