Oct 9, 2014

International tuna body OKs bigger catches for Atlantic bluefin

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has compiled a report saying that the annual bluefin tuna catch quota in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean can be raised by about 10,000 tons over the current 13,400 tons, it was learned Thursday. ...

International conference strikes deal to slash bluefin tuna catches

Sep 4, 2014

International conference strikes deal to slash bluefin tuna catches

Countries participating in an international conference on managing bluefin tuna resources in the Northern Pacific agreed Thursday to halve catches of juvenile bluefin tuna starting next year. A four-day subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) wrapped up in Fukuoka ...

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

| Feb 9, 2014

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

2013 highlighted the decline in Japan’s fishery resources, with baby eel trading at ¥3 million per kilogram — more expensive than silver — and the catch quota of bluefin tuna being slashed at the December meeting of the Commission for the Conservation and Management ...

Feb 3, 2014

METI asks Fukushima fisherman for groundwater diversion OK

KYODO The government on Monday asked a nationwide fisheries federation for permission to pump groundwater entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant complex into the ocean if it can keep the contamination level much lower than the legal limit. In negotiations with the ...

Abe tries to dispel rumors about Fukushima seafood

Oct 19, 2013

Abe tries to dispel rumors about Fukushima seafood

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the port of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and pledged efforts to dispel rumors about the safety of local fishery produce. Abe took a firsthand look at Matsukawaura port, where fishermen resumed trial catches in late September after ...

Japan may bring S. Korea fish import ban to WTO

Sep 17, 2013

Japan may bring S. Korea fish import ban to WTO

The government is considering filing a suit with the World Trade Organization against South Korea’s all-out import ban on fisheries products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures, which was put into place following leaks of radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. ...

Aug 22, 2013

Fishing off Fukushima suspended for indefinite period

A fisheries co-op in Soma Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, said Thursday it will end its trial catch at the end of this month, signaling an indefinite halt to all local fishing operations off the prefecture because of the constant flow of highly radioactive water from ...

Apr 23, 2013

Details of new Japan-Taiwan fisheries pact are explained

by Ko Shu-Ling

Government officials met Friday with fishermen in Yilan County on Taiwan’s northeast coast to explain the extended fishing access they’ve been granted by the landmark fisheries agreement Taiwan signed with Japan. Japan and Taiwan inked the deal on April 10, ending a decades-long dispute ...