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 28, 2022

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will consider adopting a management procedure (MP) for skipjack tuna, but members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are hesitant to commit to them.

The measure will be taken up at the WCPFC’s 19th regular session, taking place 27 November to 3 December in Da Nang, Vietnam. The PNA said its member-states want any MP proposals to be just an item taken into account when

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October 26, 2022

Mitsubishi and Maruha Nichiro have established a joint venture called “ATLAND Corporation” to farm Atlantic salmon on land using proceeds from Japan’s first blue bond.

Through the joint venture Mitsubishi and Maruha Nichiro plan to build a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility with a capacity of 2,500 metric tons (MT) (live weight equivalent) in Nyuzen Town in Toyama Prefecture, aiming to start operations

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October 25, 2022

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) held a special meeting on 18 October to reschedule the Seventh Annual Session of the Commission of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) after postponement caused by complications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The NPFC's subsidiary bodies, such as administrative and scientific committees, will now meet 18 to 25 March, 2023 in Japan, and the commission itself will meet from 23 to 25

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October 19, 2022

The amount of saury landed in Japan is increasing, bringing some relief to Hokkaido and northeast Honshu fishermen.

Early on in the season, which opened in mid-August, Japan's saury catch was at its lowest level ever. At that time, schools of the fish were mainly in international waters, about three days from Japanese ports in Hokkaido. But to reach them in a straight line, fishing vessels had to cross through Russian waters.

Given the

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Published on
October 18, 2022

Proximar Seafood shareholders have approved a resolution to issue a convertible bond worth between NOK 150 million and NOK 250 million (USD 14.2 million and USD 23.8 million, EUR 14.4 million and EUR 24.1 million).

The funds will enable the company to begin its production phase and partly secure its further funding needs for its planned recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility near Japan's Mount Fuji,  according to

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Published on
October 13, 2022

Even as eco-labels gain more market traction in Japan, the number of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries in the country remains low.

There are eight named MSC fisheries in Japan, but some of these fish for multiple species. MSC counts named fisheries according the number of number of species fished (e.g., a named fishery that fishes for both bonito and albacore is counted as two certified fisheries.). By this counting

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Published on
October 11, 2022

Russian seafood exports continue to flow into Japan, despite revoking Russia’s most-favored-nation status in March 2022 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The total value of all of Japan’s imports of Russian seafood in 2020 was JPY 103.9 billion (USD 900 million, EUR 900 million), representing about 7 percent of Japan’s seafood imports. 

According to the Japanese Ministry of Finance,

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Published on
September 27, 2022

A small business ecosystem is forming around Japan’s nascent land-based vannamei shrimp production.

At the 24th Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo, held at Tokyo Big Sight 24 to 26 August, Tokyo-based IMT Engineering Co., promoted its proprietary "Indoor Shrimp Production System (ISPS)” as it had at the previous year’s show. But this year, there were additional related booths – one for the Indoor Shrimp

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September 26, 2022

New types of seaweed are becoming popular in Japan as “functional foods,” or “nutraceuticals,” foods with specific health benefits. This is partially because unlike in Western countries, where consumers prefer dietary supplements in the form of pills, Japanese prefer to directly consume foods that contain beneficial compounds.

Companies marketing seaweed products in Japan are aided by a law allowing medical claims in

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September 22, 2022

At the 24th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo in August, one of the aisles had the appearance of a ghost town – with many booths unstaffed and no product on display.

The desolate scene was the result of China’s “zero-COVID” policy, which prevented the Chinese staff meant to be in the booths – organized by the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance – from traveling overseas.

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