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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August 3, 2020

Japan’s total exports were down by 15.4 percent and its imports declined by 11.6 percent for the first six months of 2020 ... 

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July 28, 2020

Shiok Meats Ltd., a Singapore-based company developing lab-cultured shrimp cells as a substitute for natural or farmed shrimp meat, announced in a 20 July press release that it will collaborate with Tokyo-based IntegriCulture Inc. to scale up production …

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Published on
July 27, 2020

A recent breakthrough in the proliferation of germline stem cells (GSCs) could have big implications for commercial aquaculture …

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July 20, 2020

The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EUMOFA) in June released a new study analyzing market trends for Octopus in the European Union.

Titled simply “Octopus in the E.U.,” the study analyses octopus production and market trends in the region with a special focus on three key markets: Italy, Spain and Greece …

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July 17, 2020

A recent test in Japan using environmental DNA (eDNA) to survey eel populations in rivers achieved similar detection rates to electro-shock fishing – without killing eels – and another test, on jack mackerel, improved estimation accuracy.

Molecular analysis of DNA left in the environment has proven to be an effective tool for detecting the presence of species, and is being applied more frequently in place of traditional survey

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July 14, 2020

Japan recently released a comprehensive white paper on fisheries that contains extensive plans to boost its fisheries and fishing industry in the hopes of reversing negative trends. 

Japan’s fishing industry has been in a long decline since the loss of access to the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the United States, and a sharp reduction in quota for Russian waters in the early to mid-1980s. Those losses prompted a

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Published on
July 3, 2020

The first aquaculture improvement project (AIP) in Japan focusing on red sea bream was launched on 30 June, involving two farms owned and operated by Urata Suisan, based in Goshoura Town in the Amakusa Islands of Kumamoto Prefecture.

Kumamoto boasts the nation’s second-highest annual production volume of farmed red sea bream in Japan – roughly 10,000 metric tons – with the species accounting for more than half of the

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Published on
July 3, 2020

According to trade statistics released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance on 26 June, imports of fish and fish preparations in May amounted to 152,926 million metric tons (MT), a decline of 17.2 percent from the same month of 2019 ...

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Published on
July 2, 2020

Marukin Co., Ltd., based in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, has become the first coho salmon farmer in Japan to acquire Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification. The status is valid from 5 June, 2020 to 4 June, 2023.

Marukin was the first company to successfully commercialize coho salmon aquaculture in Japan, in 1977. It sells its salmon under the “Gin-ou (Silver King)” brand. It also raises oysters and scallops.

The certification

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Published on
July 1, 2020

More than a dozen Japanese pelagic fishing vessels have been stuck at overseas ports because COVID-19 lockdowns have prevented bringing in crew …

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