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
November 1, 2009

 Prices of U.S. Alaska pollock surimi exported to Japan declined by just JPY 10 to 20 (USD 0.11 to 0.22, EUR 0.07 to 0.15) per kilogram from July to August, compared with much sharper declines from the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2009.

The U.S. pollock harvest is divided into the "A" season, which runs from January through March, and the "B" season from early July to early October.

Prices in the 2008 B season shot up due to a reduced quota in

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Published on
October 20, 2009

While blaming wild scallop dredging for damaging the environment, conservationists are praising cultivated scallops from Asia.

In the United Kingdom, Lyme Bay, the Firth of Lorn and Cardigan Bay have been closed to scallop dredging due to diminishing scallop stocks and concerns about seabed conditions. A scientific report issued 13 October by Scottish Environment LINK blames scallop dredging for killing seabed algae and urges hand-picking by

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Published on
October 18, 2009

 Kona Blue Water Farms is the only U.S. aquaculture producer of Seriola rivoliana, a close relative of yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata). The Hawaiian company, which markets its fish as Kona Kampachi®, received a "good alternative" rating in Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch yellowtail report, while its Japanese and Australian competitors received an "avoid" rating.

Kona's score was partly based on its wild-fish-in to farmed-fish-out

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Published on
October 14, 2009

Scallops are among the foods a Hong Kong Chinese-language TV cooking show will feature following this week’s visit to Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, by invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The show, “Those were the tastes,” is hosted by chef Wing Sun Ko. It airs on i-Cable Entertainment’s channel 12 at 10 p.m. on Saturday and averages 100,000 viewers. Ko also operates three restaurants in Panyu, China,

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Published on
October 13, 2009

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum), also known as lemonfish or crabeater in the United States, holds a lot of promise worldwide. But the farmed whitefish has been slow to catch on in the Japanese market.

Among cobia’s attributes are its fast growth rate; the species reaches a harvestable weight in less than one year, as opposed to approximately three years for salmon and amberjack. It has a better feed conversion ratio, too, and may therefore be

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Published on
September 15, 2009

"Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert" filmed last week in Matsuyama and Uwajima on Japan's Shikoku Island. The episode, focusing on seafood, will air in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service. The broadcast schedule is yet to be determined.

Yellowtail (hamachi) and sea bream (madai) are farmed near Shikoku Island and will be prominent in the segment. Eckert refers to sea bream as "snapper."

"I'd be happy to call it a sea bream," Eckert

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Published on
September 13, 2009

Last week, SeafoodSource visited a yellowtail farm near Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, in conjunction with a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry promotional event. This presented an opportunity to see if the sushi sustainability ratings by various organizations are accurate.

Among the most popular sushi sustainability guides is Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It recommends that consumers “avoid”

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September 13, 2009

Mentaiko — Alaska pollock eggs marinated in chili, sake, kelp and citrus for several hours — is growing in popularity not only in Japan but also in the West.

Originally a Korean dish, mentaiko was introduced to Japan in the 1950s. It is eaten directly or with rice, or is popular in spaghetti or baked into French bread — a mentaiko spaghetti recipe is included in the popular Japanese cookbook, Harumi’s Japanese Cooking. And many U.S.

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Published on
August 12, 2009

Japanese seafood heavyweight Maruha Nichiro Holdings recently released its first-quarter results for fiscal 2010.

Sales for the period ending 30 June totaled JPY 200.9 billion (USD 2.1 billion, EUR 1.5 billion), down 12.1 percent from the same period last year. Operating profit was down 66.3 percent, and net profit was down 12.4 percent, to JPY 1.9 billion (USD 19 million, EUR 13 million).

The company lost JPY 6.3 billion (USD 65 million, EUR 45

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Published on
August 10, 2009

Nissui Corp. last week issued its first-quarter results covering the period of 1 April to 30 June.

The Japanese seafood company’s sales declined by 6.4 percent, while it operating income and ordinary income rose by 136.3 and 68.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Net income jumped from a loss of JPY 334 million (USD 3.45 million, EUR 2.44 million) to a gain of JPY 648 million (USD 6.69 million, EUR 4.73

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