Tag - fish



Members of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission have agreed to cut the 2024 catch quota for saury in the high seas in the northern Pacific in response to declining resources.
Apr 19, 2024
Japan and others agree to cut northern Pacific saury catch quota
Nine economies agreed to introduce the rule to calculate catch quotas based on scientific evidence.
Japan and other countries are holding annual talks on saury catch quota.
Apr 16, 2024
Japan and eight other countries discuss saury catch rules
Slated to run until Thursday, the talks will focus on setting calculation rules to allocate catch quotas.
A helmet jellyfish recorded at depth in the Lurefjord, Norway. The creatures experience acute physical effects from short-term exposure to suspended sediment, which could be caused by deep-sea mining.
Apr 7, 2024
The weird deep-sea world, and how mining threatens it
Demand for metals such as lithium and nickel has driven a rush to take a stake in the seabed, with Japan being a major advocate of deep-sea mining.
Nishikigoi, or ornamental carp, swim in an exhibition facility in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture, on Nov. 1. The same month, China announced a ban on the import of the fish from Japan.
Jan 30, 2024
Nishikigoi breeders hope for early resumption of exports to China
The government has been pushing China to resume trade involving ornamental carp, but Beijing has yet to respond, officials say.
A worker carries a tray containing steamed kamaboko at a factory in Ise, Mie Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 22, 2024
As costs rise, kamaboko producers struggle to stay afloat
Many have little choice but to raise the prices of their own products after having exhausted other measures.
Salmon farming can be a nasty business. Breeding involves removing eggs and sperm from anesthetized fish, and typically euthanizing males after extraction.
Jan 21, 2024
Scotland’s salmon farms navigate troubled waters for global industry
Despite pitching the red-fleshed fish as a more environmentally friendly alternative to beef, producers haven’t yet figured out how to scale sustainably.
Scallops from Hokkaido are served at an event in Sao Paulo on Sunday to promote Japanese seafood.
Jan 15, 2024
Japan promotes fishery products at event in Brazil
The move is meant to cut reliance on the Chinese market after Beijing banned seafood imports from Japan last year.
The most expensive tuna sold at this year's first auction displayed outside Toyosu Market in Tokyo on Friday
Jan 5, 2024
Tokyo’s top tuna for the new year sells for ¥114.2 million
The tuna weighed 238 kilograms and was sold Friday to seafood wholesaler Yamayuki and sushi chain operator Onodera Group.
Young Japanese eels successfully hatched from the full-cycle breeding process
Jan 2, 2024
Full-cycle onshore aquaculture in the spotlight in Japan
The farming method is being developed at a time when factors including overfishing are leading to falls in stocks.
This savory-sweet cake can be made with either fish paste or shrimp — whichever you think will best guide you into 2024.
Dec 17, 2023
Recipe: Good luck egg and fish rolls
The trickiest part of making “datemaki” is rolling it up — the rolled form is supposed to resemble a paper scroll, representing wishes for the new year.
Bluefin tuna at a fish market in Tottori Prefecture
Dec 10, 2023
Japan's large Pacific bluefin tuna catch limit to be raised in 2024
An international commission responsible for managing Pacific bluefin tuna stocks has decided to allow Japan to effectively increase its catch limit for larger sizes in 2024, reflecting a recovery in their population, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said Sunday.
Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
JAPAN / Science & Health / Longform
Dec 4, 2023
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago
Professor Takayuki Mifune and his team are hoping to understand, in minute detail, the culinary habits of our Japanese ancestors.
Bluefin tuna in the season's first haul at a port in Tottori Prefecture in May
Nov 26, 2023
Japan to tighten Pacific bluefin tuna catch management
Under the plan, operators will have to report the weight and number of Pacific bluefin tuna weighing at least 30 kilograms.
The Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo has launched a campaign to promote more salmon eating.
Nov 12, 2023
Norway pushes Japan to eat more salmon with creative preparation ideas
Norway started a blitz to sell salmon for sushi to Japan under a national strategy in the 1980s, making it more popular than it already was at the time.
Young Japanese eels successfully hatched from the new breeding process
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 5, 2023
Japan university becomes first to breed Japanese eels
Nearly all eels on the market come from farms but most are first caught in the wild and smaller catches have raise the importance of breeding from eggs.
There are a lot of reasons for why the Pacific saury is becoming scarcer, including overfishing in international waters and changing ocean conditions.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Longform
Oct 23, 2023
A saury state: How the price of 'autumn's fish' skyrocketed
A fish so cheap and abundant that even the cats would ignore it, the Pacific saury is becoming a sought-after dish as stocks dwindle.
Scallops shipped from Hokkaido are served at the Anuga food trade fair held in Cologne, Germany, on Saturday.
Oct 9, 2023
Snubbed by China, Japan tries to sell Europe on its seafood
The scallop industry was hit particularly hard, as Japanese exports to China in August fell 71.3% from a year earlier.
Marine ecologist Salvador Jorgensen and his research assistant Dylan Moran observe a shark basking off a beach in central California.
Oct 4, 2023
Climate change draws great white sharks north, threatening ecosystem
The main risk from these predators is not to swimmers and surfers, but to otters.
If you've ever dined on fresh fish, either within Japan or anywhere else in the world, there's a healthy chance it was processed via ikejime, a Japanese technique for preserving freshness in line-caught fish.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 30, 2023
How the world got hooked on ikejime-caught fish
Roughly rendered in English as “locking in life,” this technique delivers a quick death to ensure freshness.
Seafood from Fukushima Prefecture at Hamanoeki Fish Market and Food Court in the city of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 31
Sep 25, 2023
No tritium found in fish one month after Fukushima water release
Tritium was not detected in the latest sample of two olive flounders caught Sept. 24, the Fisheries Agency said.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on