A day after Friday’s devastating earthquake in Japan, overturned boats, sheds and drum cans gradually became visible in the fishing port of Misawa as seawater drained away. At 9:00 a.m. on 13 March, the evacuation order was lifted, allowing fishermen to inspect the tsunami damage.
At the two-story office building of the fishery cooperative, they found broken windows and pillars leaning askew. Documents, desks and shelves formed rubble piles.… Read More
Officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Sunday announced that the Kanto area, consisting of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, will be subject to daily rolling blackouts of approximately three hours beginning on Monday. This is due to the need to take nuclear power plants offline as a result of Friday’s monumental earthquake and tsunami.
The blackout will affect all users, including hospitals and traffic lights. The company expects the… Read More
At mid-February’s Osaka International Seafood and Technology Expo, Tokyo-based tuna processor Pesca Rich promoted its products by playing up the company’s use of the pole-and-line fishing method and the economy of buying only the cuts needed.
The company set up a tuna processing facility in 2007 under subsidiary Tenpoint Manufacturing Corp. in General Santos, the Philippines. The city, in southern Mindanao Island, is known as the “Tuna… Read More
A huge harvest of winter yellowtail in the Sea of Japan has brought prices down. The wholesale price at the end of January was JPY 15,000 to 16,000 (USD 180 to 192) per 8-kilogram fish, or around JPY 1,875 (USD 22.5) per kilogram, compared with JPY 3,000 last year.
According to the Fisheries Research Institute, 130,774 fish weighing a total of 1063.1 metric tons were taken from 1 December to 31 January at Himi Port in Toyonaka Prefecture. This… Read More
The average price for domestic seine net-caught frozen bluefin tuna at Tokyo’s Tsukiji auction on 29 January was JPY 4,586 per kilogram. Domestic farmed blufin tuna averaged JPY 3,575 and Spanish farmed came in at JPY 3,500, according to a market report of the website Marunaka-net.
Data from the Japan Fisheries Association shows that in 2009, average prices of all frozen bluefin declined at the beginning of the year, reflecting the end of… Read More
Maruha Nichiro Seafoods, Japan’s biggest producer of farmed bluefin tuna, will double its output by establishing a new production site in Wakayama Prefecture and expanding its existing farms.
The Tokyo-based company has set a goal of increasing its annual harvest from 2,000 metric tons in 2009 to 4,000 metric tons in 2014. Maruha Nichiro already has bluefin aquaculture pens at eight locations in Japan, primarily near Amami-Oshima, an island in… Read More
The wholesale import price of Chilean Atlantic salmon in Japan has jumped 20 percent since the beginning of 2010, to JPY 600 (USD 7.26) per kilogram, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. While in previous years Chilean producers would visit Japan, this year Japanese buyers have had to travel to Chile to negotiate, indicating that it’s a seller’s market.
The Chilean salmon industry is still recovering from the 2007 outbreak of infectious… Read More
Mid- and low-grade Alaska pollock surimi blocks for the B season, which runs from early July through early October, are priced about 10 percent higher than in the A season that ended in March.
The Japanese newspaper Nikkei Keizai Shimbun reported a cost-and-freight price to Japanese ports of JPY 280 to 330 per kilogram (USD 3.29 to 3.80, EUR 2.50 to 2.94). That’s about JPY 30 higher for shore-processed middle and lower grades, with… Read More
The Japanese yen traded around 84.22 to the U.S. dollar on Friday, up slightly after dropping below 84 for a 15-year low last week. The prospect of a double-dip recession has led investors to buy the yen as a safe-haven currency.
Japanese seafood exports are expected to suffer as the strong yen makes product more expensive for overseas buyers. But for some products, short supply is the bigger problem.
Japan exports Pacific saury (sanma) and chum… Read More
Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved amendments to the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s plan for the West Coast trawl groundfish fishery to implement an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program beginning in January 2011. But some in the industry are getting cold feet on the 23rd hour.
“There are still unaddressed loopholes,” said Doug Heater, sales manager of Bornstein Seafoods in Astoria,… Read More