Fish Stocks Preservation & Replenishment in Japan (a research)

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First of all, let me say that Foodbuzz never asked me for such an article. I just wrote it out of concern for some of my Foodbuzz Friends!

It was Lou-Ann‘s surprise in particular which prompted me into more investigation to back up knowledge acquired trhough many years spent in this great country, Japan.

I use the word “great” for a simple reason:
Japan is the one country which most extensively conducts and sponsors research and development of fish stocks.
This country has also come up with some momentous discoveries related to the fishing environment:
-Japanese fishermen south of Kyushu Island discovered that planting trees on small islands increased manifold the amount of vegetal plankton carried into the surrounding sea resulting in an immediate increase of the fish population.
-Japanese researchers found out that building small pyramids on the sea floor with concrete or plastic (a beneficial dumping at last?) blocks attracted corals, sea anemones, seaweed and shellfish, thus creating a food chain for fish. Such pyramids will surely prove more beneficial to mankind than all the Egyptian pyramids put together!

The Japanese have been (unjustly) accused of emptying the seas. Actually Spain holds the world record for fish catch and consumption.
I already have written an article on whale meat. I find it galling that Japan is villified for eating whale meat by the very countries which depopulated the globe of sea-mammals in the 19th Century: US, Canada, Russia, Australia and New Zealand (alright, Greta Britain for the last two maybe!) in the Pacific Ocean. Us, Canada, Norway, Great Britain, France, Spain and Russia in the Atlantic Ocean. And most of them again in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. What do you think Commodore Perry was before he was delegated to order Japan to “open its doors”?
This country is repeatdly thrown into the same basket of evils. I was recently “told off” because the Japanese kill sharks for their fins before throwing the dead fish back into the sea. Sorry, mate, but you will have to ask the Chinese! The Japanese eat the whole fish when they catch it.

It could go on and on, but this is not the real purpose of this article.

Now, to illustrate and justify the heading of this posting, here is a list of the fish and seafood raised in Japan as opposed to being caught in the wild:

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Blue Fin Tuna/Honmaguro

Yes, you read it, Blue Fin Tuna! After 23 years of experimentation, a Kyushu fishmonger has finally succeeded in producing the fish from natural mating inside giant offshore sea parks. The fish is already sold over the counter at supermarkets.
With a ban on tuna fishing in the Mediterranean Sea being pushed through legislation by the EU, Japan will find itself one day in the rich position of actually exporting tuna!

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Big-eyed Tuna/Mebachi Maguro

Human-raising Research is conducted.

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Albacore Tuna: Kihada Maguro

Human-raising Research is conducted.

Note:
Indian Ocean Tuna/Indo Maguro: Human-raising Research is conducted abroad and such fish are imported to Japan.

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Yellowtail/Buri

Over 62,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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Amberjack/Kanpachi

Over 49,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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Striped Jack/Shima Aji

Over 3,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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Horse Mackerel/Ma Aji

Over 3,500 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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True Mackerel-Japanese Mackerel/Ma Saba

Human raising succeeded and fish are already sold over the counter.

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True Sardine-Pilchard/Ma Iwashi

Human-raising Research is being conducted.

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Isaki/Grouper variety-Parapristipona Trilinoatum

9 tons of human-raised fish consumed in Nagasaki Prefecture alone last year.

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Silver Salmon/Gin Sake

Over 8,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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Porgy/Madai

Over 71,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year as opposed to 15,000 tons caught at sea.

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Seabass/Suzuki

382 tons tons of human-raised fish consumed in Kagawa Prefecture alone last year.

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Sand Borer-Sillago/Kisu

Human-raising Research is being conducted.

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Bar-tailed Flathead/Kochi

Human-raising is being conducted.

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Ainame/Alexagrammos otakii

Human-raising has succeeded and some fish is already sold over the counter.

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Kelp Bass/Kue

A success story in Shizuoka and Nagasaki Prefectures where human-raised fish are already sold over the counter.

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Globefish-Tiger Globefish/Tora Fugu

Over 5,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year.

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Large Prawn/Kuruma Ebi

Over 1,700 tons of human-raised prawns consumed last year.

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Spiny Lobster/Ise Ebi

Human-raising Research is being conducted.

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Ark Sheel-Bloody Clam/Akagai

Human-raising Research is being conducted.

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Gaper/Mirugai

Human-raising Research is being conducted

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Large Cockle/Torigai

Human-raising Research is being conducted

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Hard Clam/Hamaguri

Very large amounts of half human-raised shellfish consumed last year.

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Surf Clam/Hokkigai

Human-raising Research bein conducted

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Abalone/ Awabi

32 tons tons of human-raised abalones consumed in Hokkaido and Nagasaki Prefectures alone last year.

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Scallops/Hotate

Over 270,000 tons of human-raised scallops consumed last year.

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Oysters/Kaki

Over 220,000 tons of human-raised oysters + over 35,000 tons of the same out of the shell consumed last year as opposed to 1,600 tons of wild oysters.

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Sea Urchin/Uni

7 tons tons of human-raised sea urchin consumed in Hokkaido Prefecture alone last year.

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Conger Eel/ Ma Anago

Human-raising Research is being conducted

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Common Eel/Unagi

Over 21,000 tons of human-raised fish consumed last year as opposed to 610 tons caught in the wild.

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Oike Conger eel/Hamo

Human-raising Research is being conducted.

The Japanes have also starting research on different varieties of octopus/tako and squids/ika.

That is all for the moment!LOL

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4 thoughts on “Fish Stocks Preservation & Replenishment in Japan (a research)”

  1. As much as I’d like to feel good about human aquaculture, I don’t see that we are able to ‘do’ it naturally. We feed them so either have to catch, raise or give another type protein to them, we have to use antibiotics because just like factory farms they tend to spread disease between them in confinement, and the accumulated excrement can cause algal blooms and eutrophication (depletion of oxygen in the water). I’d be happy to hear of actual successful, sustainable farming projects. Love your site though!

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  2. I have to agree actually European Unions should too be liable for depleting the fish stocks. In regard to sharks fining, Indonesia is also being unjustly accused for throwing the bodies of the shark. However, these accusers tend to lump fishermen in Indonesia as having high standard of living as theirs ! That is absolutely ridiculous and outright profiling ! Sharks landed in Indonesia for consumption of their meat into salted meat and into processed meat. No commercial fishermen would want to dump the body as there are still money to be gain for selling the bodies to these home industries running the meat processing business at their homes to supplement their meager incomes. Even if the decision of the boat owners not to sell the bodies for their own profit, they will allow the crewmen to take the bodies and sold them and divide the sales gain from those sharks.

    A lot of western countries are practising double standards when it comes to managing fishery, of course this is not a denial of abusive of fishing practises in Asia, but it would be better to remove the plank in front of their eyes before trying to remove a speck of dust from other people eyes….

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