Sep 17, 2015

Japan issues first tuna fishing control advisory

The Fisheries Agency has issued an advisory asking coastal fishermen in northern and eastern Japan to curb their tuna catches. The alert, issued Wednesday, was the first since Japan introduced a stricter tuna resource management system in January as part of efforts to manage ...

Sep 5, 2015

Japan begins 'research whaling' season off coast of Hokkaido

Japan’s so-called research whaling season began Saturday off Kushiro, Hokkaido, to study the impact of minke whales on local fisheries. Eight minke whales were caught on the first day of whaling, which lasts through late October. Up to 51 minkes will be caught during ...

Apr 9, 2015

Licensing system for eel farmers to debut in fall

The Fisheries Agency will introduce a licensing system for eel farming in November to improve management of the fish, which is at risk of extinction, the agency said. The plan was unveiled Wednesday to the fisheries division of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy ...

Ministry sets limits on young bluefin tuna catch

Aug 27, 2014

Ministry sets limits on young bluefin tuna catch

The Fisheries Agency has set area-based ceilings on Japan’s catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to help restore the dwindling adult tuna stock in the Pacific Ocean. The agency briefed a national meeting of fishermen in Tokyo on the measures Tuesday and obtained their broad ...

Sep 6, 2013

Fisheries ranks mull ways to preserve eels

Fisheries officials from Japan and four Asian economies met Friday to discuss ways to jointly keep eel numbers from falling further. The meeting in the city of Fukuoka, the fourth such session, drew envoys from South Korea and the Philippines for the first time, ...