Tag - fisheries



Japan Times
Feb 23, 2018
WTO backs Japan complaint against South Korea's Fukushima import ban
Tokyo welcomes a World Trade Organization ruling against South Korea's ban on seafood from Fukushima Prefecture but Seoul plans to appeal.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2017
Coast guard's Maizuru base stands on the front line of Japan's poaching and nuclear concerns
Located less than 900 kilometers from North Korea and beside Fukui Prefecture's nuclear power reactors, Japan Coast Guard's 8th Regional Headquarters in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, finds some of the nation's challenges close at hand.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2017
Japan's farm output to take ¥150 billion hit after new Pacific trade deal's effects kick in: estimates
Japan's agricultural, forestry and fisheries output will suffer by up to ¥150 billion ($1.3 billion) once the effects of an 11-member Pacific Rim free trade agreement kick in, according to government estimates obtained by Kyodo News on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2017
Fisheries Agency plans to update patrol boat fleet in campaign against illegal fishing
Japan's Fisheries Agency will upgrade its charter patrol boat fleet to bolster its campaign against illegal fishing by foreign boats.
Japan Times
Sep 8, 2017
Government to adopt new system to alert fishing vessels of missile launches
In light of North Korea's repeated missile tests, the Fisheries Agency plans to install a new automated alert system that directly notifies fishing vessels of missile launches, agency officials said Friday.
Jul 13, 2017
Tokyo lodges protest after patrol boat threatened by North Korean vessel in Sea of Japan
Tokyo has lodged a protest with Pyongyang after a vessel allegedly threatened a fisheries patrol boat in Japan's exclusive economic zone, government sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2017
Discrepancies in Japanese eel catches suggest poaching, underreporting
Nearly half of juvenile Japanese eels farmed in the country may have been illegally caught, according to a Kyodo News survey. The Japanese eel is an endangered species.
Japan Times
May 13, 2017
Japan's fisheries still swimming upstream
In March, the internet news site Videonews.com posted a conversation between environmental journalist Tetsuji Ida and Waseda University researcher Yasuhiro Sanada, who writes about fisheries. During the talk, Sanada said that whaling is a "dead industry," and seemed to think that the ongoing controversy over Japan's official research whaling policy is a red herring. The Nippon Research Center says that 95 percent of Japanese people consume whale very rarely or never at all. Whaling only employs about 1,000 people. And regardless of the questionable morality of Japan's research whaling program, it only kills several hundred whales a year, which doesn't have much of an impact, environmentally or otherwise.
Feb 3, 2017
Homestays at 500 farms and fishing ports eyed to reach new tourism goal
The government aims to establish 500 areas for homestays at farms and fishing communities nationwide as it attempts to get 40 million visitors a year visiting Japan by 2020, according to a draft of the action plan.
May 17, 2016
Japan's fish consumption shrinks to lowest since 1960s
Domestic per-capita consumption of fish has dropped by roughly 30 percent since a peak in 2001, declining to levels last seen in the early 1960s, according to a report on fisheries adopted by the Cabinet Tuesday.
May 12, 2016
Japanese whaling fleet sets off for northwestern Pacific
Japan resumed what it calls research whaling in the northwestern Pacific on Thursday as whaling vessels departed a port in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 23, 2016
Can farmed tuna save the bluefin from extinction?
Conservationists have long warned that bluefin tuna stocks are declining. While the development of aquaculture may offer an alternative, it doesn't come without a few headaches of its own.
Oct 5, 2015
Time to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies
Much of the $30 billion a year countries spend on fisheries subsidies directly encourages unsustainable, destructive and illegal fishing practices.
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.
Aug 24, 2015
Japan wraps up 10 weeks of 'research whaling' in Pacific
The fisheries Agency said 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales were caught as planned, during 10 weeks of so-called research whaling in the northwestern Pacific.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2015
No politics behind Russia drift net ban: experts
Russia's newly approved ban on a scorched-earth form of ocean fishing is driven by environmental interests, not international politics, analysts and activists have said.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2015
Japanese activists fight against the tide to save whales and dolphins
Homegrown foes of dolphin hunts and 'research whaling' face off against a daunting array of powerful interests.
May 28, 2014
Managing declining fish stocks
The future survival and prosperity of Japan's fishing industry is dependent on its embrace of sustainable catch practices.
Japan Times
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 of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
Feb 3, 2014
METI asks Fukushima fisherman for groundwater diversion OK


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