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Ryotaro Ishida, a 44-year-old fishery researcher, has recently succeeded in mass-farming “shishamo,” a rare saltwater fish that lives only in waters around Hokkaido.

Ishida, who works for the prefectural Mariculture Fisheries Research Institute in Muroran, said it is probably the first time shishamo have been farmed successfully in Japan. What is currently sold as shishamo in Japan is mostly another fish called capelin, mainly imported from Canada and Alaska.

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