Tag - tuna



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...
Apr 28, 2017
Japan breaches international cap on annual Pacific bluefin catches
The government said Thursday that Japan has exceeded the annual limit on its catches of immature Pacific bluefin tuna, breaking an international commitment only two years after the regulation was introduced.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2017
Oma coast fishermen dream of landing tuna jackpot
Every year, tuna hauled in at the small town of Oma in Aomori Prefecture, dubbed "black diamonds" for their value and color, make headlines as they fetch millions of yen at the Tsukiji fish market auction at the start of the year.
Nov 22, 2016
Bluefin tuna catch quota for 2017 in western Atlantic to remain unchanged
An international conservation group has set the 2017 catch quota of bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic Ocean at 2,000 tons, unchanged from the current level, Japan's Fisheries Agency said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2016
Japanese firm succeeds in bluefin tuna farming with formulated feed
A company in Oita Prefecture said it has succeeded in the world's first farming of bluefin tuna using only formulated feed.
Sep 2, 2016
Panel defers accord on Japan-proposed fishing limit of bluefin tuna
Wrapping up a five-day meeting in Kyushu on Friday, an international fisheries panel deferred an agreement to invoke emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific amid concerns that the species is dwindling due to overfishing.
Jul 28, 2016
Japan eyes Pacific bluefin catch curbs if stocks stay low
Japan will propose invoking emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the North Pacific if stocks of juvenile tuna remain at a low level for three consecutive years, government sources said.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2016
New documentary on Tsukiji fish market captures essence of nation's 'lively kitchen'
Ever since he visited Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market for the first time in 2012, movie director Naotaro Endo has been intrigued by the place often called "the world's largest fish market."
Japan Times
Jul 9, 2016
Contemporary artist Masa Samurai: 'I want to capture Japan's love of cute things'
Video producer on fatty tuna, animation and musical underwear.
Jul 9, 2016
Protecting Pacific bluefin tuna
The Fisheries Agency should rethink its policy on allowing fishermen to catch large quantities of mature Pacific bluefin tuna.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2016
Once considered low class, how did tuna get so valuable?
Fresh, raw tuna reigns supreme in the culinary world these days, especially when it comes to sushi and sashimi. Bluefin tuna, known in Japan as hon-maguro or "true tuna," is so popular that global stocks are dangerously low due to overfishing. But tuna didn't always reign supreme: until the modern era...
Mar 26, 2016
Tuna poachers reap big profits
Japan should lead the way on tuna conservation, before its favorite fish disappears.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 11, 2016
Japan asks South Korea to halt excessive fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna
The Fisheries Agency said Friday it has asked South Korea to stop excessive fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna in violation of international rules.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2016
Japan weighs annual catch quota for endangered Pacific bluefin tuna
The Fisheries Agency is considering adopting annual catch limits for Pacific bluefin tuna, which according to an international conservation body is facing extinction, government sources said.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2016
All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks
Adorning the walls of Kanji Nishi's three-roomed apartment are a dozen framed photos. None features his children, Shota and Chisato, who are sitting cross-legged on the floor shunning smartphones for origami artistry. Instead, Nishi is seen posing alongside a different kind of pride and joy.
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.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2016
JICA-trained Vietnamese fishermen sell first tuna in Japan
The sale of tuna caught in Vietnamese waters at a wholesale market in Osaka on Friday marked a major step forward for fishermen who have struggled to keep their catches fresh enough for Japanese tastes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 2, 2016
A date with Tsukiji fish market's bluefin tuna auction
To sleep or not to sleep?
Nov 2, 2015
Somalia facing a whole new type of pirate
Somalia's rich marine resources are being plundered by foreign fishing vessels, and the war-torn nation needs international help to fend them off.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 31, 2015
Tsukiji countdown: clock ticking on famed fish market
With a year to go until the wholesale fish market in Tokyo's Chuo Ward closes its doors for good, operators in the market prepare to say their last goodbyes to the landmark attraction.


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