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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September 20, 2022

The Pew Charitable Trusts and Member of European Parliament Clara Aguilera are among those leading a call for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to adopt a bluefin tuna harvest strategy at its November 2022 meeting.

Pew and Aguilera co-hosted a 9 September webinar that included scientists and representatives from various segments of the European Union bluefin fishing and ranching industry to call for

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September 19, 2022

Tokyo, Japan-based environmental organization Seafood Legacy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on 14 September, 2022.

Through the agreement, the parties will strengthen their exchange of information, seek opportunities for media collaboration, and develop links between production areas and markets and domestic and international distribution channels.

“We recognize that the aquaculture

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September 16, 2022

U.S. sanctions on Russian imports – announced in March 2022 and meant to punish the country for its invasion of Ukraine – have resulted in Russia diverting large volumes of crab of to East Asian markets, depressing prices.

At the 24th Japan International Seafood Show, held 24 to 26 August in Tokyo, Satoru Kasei, manager of Chairman Room for Tsukiji Kanisho Co. said his company has the largest share of crab in the

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September 6, 2022

The 24th Japan International Seafood Show, held from 24 to 26 August in Tokyo, highlighted how trout – which the Japanese generally include in the salmon category as “salmon-trout” – is gaining popularity domestically.

Salmon is perenially the top sushi topping in Japan, and salmon producers were prominent at the latest edition of the seafood show, where Chile-based Caleta Bay showcased its coho salmon and steelhead

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August 25, 2022

Researchers from the Physics and Biology Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University have developed a squid aquaculture system with potential for commercialization.

The OIST team has succeeded in rearing 10 generations of a species of oval squid, Sepioteuthis lessoniana (also known as bigfin reef squid), while other researches achieved a maximum of seven.

“This is a groundbreaking step towards the

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August 22, 2022

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced in a 19 August press release that it will be co-sponsoring an "Alaska Seafood Fair" at three Seven & I Group companies: Ito-Yokado, York, and York-Benimaru.

As part of a celebration of Sustainable Seafood Month, seafood from Alaska will be offered in the fish department of each Japan-based Seven & I store through August.

Tokyo-headquartered Seven & I approach to marine

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August 19, 2022

Several environmental NGOs have expressed a combination of optimism and disappointment after the 100th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the international commission responsible for governing tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

A number of NGOs advocating for sustainable fishing have observer status with a number of regional fishery management organizations (RFMO), allowing them to attend and participate in

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August 12, 2022

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation booked its most-profitable quarter since the current company was formed by a merger, and announced plans to offer a “blue bond.”

Maruha Nichiro was formed through a 2007 merger of Japan’s largest and third-largest seafood companies, Maruha Group Inc. and Nichiro Corp. It released its Q1 results covering the period April through June 2022 on 8 August, 2022

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August 10, 2022

A Japanese company has created an unmanned, autonomous aerial drone that it envisages could be used to monitor infrastructure, search for missing swimmers or vessels, and to spot schools of fish.

The company, Space Entertainment Laboratory, along with Itochu Aviation, ran a demonstration experiment – with the cooperation of Nagai Town Fisheries Cooperative and Yokosuka City – of the new plane in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, to try and

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August 8, 2022

The 100th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) ended on 5 August with agreements on transshipment and compliance, and a commitment to adopt a harvest strategy for north Pacific albacore at next year’s meeting.

IATTC members followed the lead of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) by adopting stronger oversight for

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