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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
Japan’s agricultural, forestry, and fishery exports hit a new high in the first half of 2022, benefiting from a weaker yen and the relaxing of COVID-19 measures in the U.S.A. and Europe.
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced on 5 August the country's agricultural exports were up 7.9 percent year-on-year, and that its marine product exports rose 31.5 percent to reach JPY 180.2 billion (USD 1.33… Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts is urging regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) to adopt a harvest strategy and harvest control rule for North Pacific albacore to prevent the possibility of future overfishing.
North Pacific albacore is the fish that sparked the explosive growth of the cannery industry in the U.S. state of California in the early 20th century, and made canned tuna a mainstay product in U.S. grocery stores. The fishery is… Read More
Fukuoka, Japan-based Yamaya Communications, a producer of mentaiko, has advanced from its humble origins to become the largest producer of the product in Japan.
Mentaiko is pollock roe marinated in chili, sake, kelp, and citrus for several hours. Originally a Korean dish, mentaiko was introduced to Japan in the 1950s and became a delicacy in Fukuoka, a city on the island of Kyushu. Today, all of Japan's major producers of the product are… Read More
The Japan Fisheries Agency is forecasting a poor catch for the upcoming Pacific saury season, though it is expected to exceed that of 2021.
The 2022 Pacific saury season will run from August through December in east Hokkaido and Northeast Honshu Island. The forecast, compiled by the National Institute of Fisheries Resources, of the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, reported fish will likely be on the small side this… Read More
As Japan’s average seafood consumption continues to wane, the country is continuing to engage in efforts to increase awareness of local fish.
The country’s per capita seafood consumption peaked in 2001, and has been steadily declining as younger Japanese people gravitate toward meat and more Western-style cuisine. As a result, younger people are becoming less familiar with local fish options. Compounding the issue, the… Read More
Japanese eels have been discovered inhabiting several rivers in Hokkaido, the most northern prefecture in the country and an area previously thought to be beyond the species’ range.
The Tohoku region, consisting of northeastern Honshu Island, was formerly thought to be the northern limit of the Japanese eel’s range. Scientists are speculating that a change in currents or warmer water temperatures caused by climate change have allowed… Read More