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Jan 14 - JAPAN: December Sales of 672 Japanese Farmed Bluefins Up 46% at Toyosu Market


Jan 12 - JAPAN: November Frozen Bigeye Imports Fall Below 2500 Tons, First Time in 10 Years


Jan 6 - Buyer Pays $145,000 for Tuna at Toyosu Fish Market’s First Auction of 2022


Jan 4 - Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value


Jan 3 - Japan’s November Import Value Up 29% To $1.5 Billion


Dec 21 - REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month


Dec 21 - JAPAN: Frozen Bigeye Price In November At Toyosu Market Tops 1100 yen/kg


Dec 20 - Toyosu Market’s Imported Fresh Tuna Sales in November Down 50%, No Shipment of Bigeyes


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Dec 9 - Japan’s October Tuna Imports Down 40% For Fresh And Chilled, 28% for Frozen


Dec 8 - StarKist Pushing for Price-Fixing Case Ruling to Be Thrown Out Due to Judge’s Stock Interests


Nov 23 - Toyosu Market October Imported Tuna Sales Down In Wild Bluefins from North America


Nov 17 - Former Tuna Exec Lischewski Denied Early Release from Prison


Nov 12 - Japan’s September Tuna Imports Fall 53% to 378 Tons Year-on-Year


Nov 11 - The Subway “Fake Tuna” Lawsuit is Back, This Time With Claims it Contains Chicken


Nov 11 - Philippines-based 12-Vessel Tuna Fleet, Processing Plant Land Global Seafood Alliance Standards


Nov 10 - California Tuna Company Hit With Class Action Suit; Consumers Claim ‘American Made’ Label Deceptive


Nov 9 - Vietnam Seafood Producer Hai Trieu Food Nets Friend of the Sea Certification


Nov 3 - A Look at Seafood Items That Performed Well During National Seafood Month


Oct 29 - Bumble Bee’s Premium Prime Line Gets Relaunched With Sleek New Look, New Products


Oct 20 - September Sales of Fresh Tuna Imports at Toyosu Market Fell 60% to 570 Fish


Oct 20 - Wild Planet Foods Takes Home Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation Award


Oct 11 - Judge Dismisses Subway ‘Fake Tuna’ Lawsuit


Oct 7 - StarKist Celebrates Mascot Charlie Turning 60


Oct 6 - Pacific Island Tuna to Supply Walmart’s Store Brand Canned Tuna


Sep 24 - Western Pacific Fishery Managers Recommend Improved Seabird Conservation Measures


Sep 20 - Dark Clouds Hover Over Supply Outlook for Frozen Bluefin Tuna for Japan's End of Year Sales Season


Sep 13 - August Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna at Toyosu Market Fell 25% Compared to 2020


Aug 31 - ISSF Disappointed in IATTC Failure to Adopt Tropical Tuna Conservation Measures


Aug 24 - Thai Union Says 87% of Branded Tuna Sourced From MSC or FIPs, Ahead of Target


Aug 18 - Pew Charitable Trusts Provides Its Solution to Eastern Pacific Tuna Management


Aug 10 - Fisheries Development Projects are Top Priority for American Samoa


Aug 5 - Court May Reinstate Tuna Price-fixing Suit


Jul 29 - Global Tuna Alliance Backs MSC Push for Improved Management Across WCPFC Tuna Stocks


Jul 29 - JAPAN: May Air Cargo Imports Up 33.1% In Volume, 27.4% In Value


Jul 27 - Subway Urging California Judge to Throw Out Lawsuit


Jul 27 - Western Central Pacific Ocean Tuna, a Key Source of MSC Certified Product At Risk of Suspension


Jul 23 - BBB’s National Advertising Division Releases Findings on Safe Catch Tuna Claims


Jul 16 - Bluefin Tuna Decreased by 70% for the First Time to Fall Below 100 at Toyosu Market in June


Jul 16 - Good Catch Debuts ‘OurWay’ Food Van Featuring Plant-based Tuna Amid Subway Controversy


Jul 14 - Subway CEO John Chidsey Defends Tuna Sandwich, Says Company Stands Behind Product


Jul 12 - JAPAN: May Imported Bigeye Price 30% Higher, Exceeding 700 Yen/kg


Jul 9 - JAPAN: May Seafood Imports, Exports Up In Value, Down In Volume


Jul 9 - VIDEO: Red Lobster New CEO; No Changes to Subway Tuna; Norway Exports; Pangasius & Tilapia Analysis


Jul 8 - Christopher Lischewski's Appeal Denied; Will Continue to Serve Prison Time for Price-Fixing


Jul 6 - Subway to Make Big Menu Changes but Its Tuna Will Remain the Same


Jun 28 - Subway Releases Statement On Updated Tuna Lawsuit, Comments on New York Times Report


Jun 22 - Subway Tuna Lawsuit Update: Plaintiffs Say Chain’s Sustainability Claims Are "False and Misleading"


Jun 15 - JAPAN: May Sales Of Imported Fresh Tuna Down 26.5% to 725; Lowest Record At Toyosu Market


Jun 11 - JAPAN: April Imports By Air Improve Notably, Volume Recovered The Level Two Years Ago


May 28 - USCG Halts Use of “Paper Captains” in WA-based Tuna Operation


May 25 - Bumble Bee Enters Pair of MSC Longline Fishery Assessments


May 25 - JAPAN: Airborne Seafood Imports in March Up Sharply in Volume and Value With Salmon and Eel


May 24 - Toyosu Market April Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna Down 12%


May 20 - 6 Highlights From the 2019 Fisheries of the United States Report


May 18 - Genova Premium Tuna Sells Out of Complimentary Mediterranean-Inspired Meal Kits


May 7 - Subway Adds Fresh Tuna Melt to Menu; Launches Deal to Welcome New Item


May 7 - ISSF Announces New Conservation Measure for Indian Ocean Yellowfin Tuna Ahead of IOTC Meeting


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JAPAN: December Sales of 672 Japanese Farmed Bluefins Up 46% at Toyosu Market

In December of last year, the number of fresh tuna at the Toyosu market in Tokyo, which Jiji Press calculated, was 2601, an increase of 17.3% from the same month of the previous year. Wild and farmed bluefin tuna increased, but bigeye and yellowfin decreased, Minato Shinbun reported.

The total number of bluefin tuna that arrived was 1980, an increase of 57% from the same month of the previous year. Of these, farmed tuna increased by 46% to 672 (460 in the same month of...

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JAPAN: November Frozen Bigeye Imports Fall Below 2500 Tons, First Time in 10 Years

According to the customs statistics of the Ministry of Finance, the import record of tuna in November 2021 was 391 tons for fresh and chilled tuna, down 38% from the same month of the previous year, 722 million yen ($6.24 million), down 18%. Frozen tuna was 13,037 tons, down 22%, 13,769 million yen ($119 million), up 25%, and processed tuna was 3934 tons, up 27%, 2,493 million yen ($21.56 million), up 35%, reported Suisan Keizai.

Frozen bigeye tuna (gilled and gutted)...

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Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value

According to trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the volume of marine products exports (fish and shellfish and their preparations, and fish meal) in November decreased by 11% from the same month of the previous year to 39,375 tons. The value increased by 26% to 25,176 million yen ($217.46 million). The volume of frozen scallops and yellowtail fillets was lower than the same month of the previous year, but the value was higher, reported Minato Shimbun.

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REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and holiday season begins. But things are different in 2021.

Many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process. Nearly all items which experienced upward pricing pressure during the month felt the impacts of rising shipping costs, lack of container availability, and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing.

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Toyosu Market’s Imported Fresh Tuna Sales in November Down 50%, No Shipment of Bigeyes

Tokyo's Toyosu Market received 331 unfrozen imported tuna (703 in the same month of the previous year) on the fresh tuna auction floor in November, a decrease of 53% from the same month of the last year, Jiji Press compiled, and Minato Shimbun announced. The number of bluefin tuna, including those from North America, decreased to nearly half, and wild southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna had no arrival, Minato Shinbun reported.

Mexican farmed bluefin fell to one-tenth...

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China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

China’s Ministry of Finance revealed this week that beginning January 1, 2022 they will be adjusting import and export tariffs of certain commodities. 

The Office of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said that the temporary adjustment of import tariffs is to “meet the needs of the people for a better life, conform to the consumption upgrade trend, and create a strong atmosphere for the Beijing Winter Olympics.” 

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4 and run through February 20...

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StarKist Pushing for Price-Fixing Case Ruling to Be Thrown Out Due to Judge’s Stock Interests

Class certification decisions made by U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino should be thrown out, tuna company StarKist and its parent company Dongwon Industries argued in an appellate court in November.

The class certification battle is part of a lawsuit against major tuna canners StarKist, Bumble Bee Foods and Chicken of the Sea filed by retailers and other companies impacted by the canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy.

The case currently sits in the en banc 9th Circuit Court, which allows the full circuit...

 

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Former Tuna Exec Lischewski Denied Early Release from Prison

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen denied former Bumble Bee Foods CEO Christopher Lischewski’s motion for an early release from his 40-month prison sentence which stems from his role in an antitrust conspiracy to fix canned tuna prices.

Lischewski filed an appeal seeking to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement on November 5. His initial request for home confinement was denied by the Warden at the U.S. Penitentiary Tuscon.

The defense argued that due to Lischewski’s age and medical condition (hyperlipidemia) he is at risk of contracting...

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The Subway “Fake Tuna” Lawsuit is Back, This Time With Claims it Contains Chicken

It was only last month that U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar dismissed the “fake tuna” lawsuit claim that plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa and Nimila Amin made against Subway. Well, Dhanowa and Amin are not giving up just yet. They’ve filed yet another lawsuit against the sandwich chain.

Dhanowa and Amin first filed their lawsuit in January 2021, and maintain that Subway deliberately made false and misleading claims about the composition of their tuna products.

“Defendants have consistently advertised the Tuna Products as being ‘tuna’ and...

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California Tuna Company Hit With Class Action Suit; Consumers Claim ‘American Made’ Label Deceptive

A New Jersey consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a California tuna company, American Tuna, claiming the brand’s ‘American made’ labeling is misleading and deceptive.

A complaint was filed in U.S. District Court Southern District of New York on behalf of Jeffrey Craig, arguing the deceptive labeling over American Tuna’s ‘Caught and Canned in the USA,’ ‘Caught and Canned in America,’’ ‘American Made’ or ‘100% American Made,’ labels visible on its packaging.

Craig, on behalf of a New York subclass, is looking to...

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A Look at Seafood Items That Performed Well During National Seafood Month

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and the holiday season begins.

Things are different in 2021, as many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process.

Nearly all items experienced upward pricing pressure during the month, feeling the impacts of rising shipping costs, container availability and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing...

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September Sales of Fresh Tuna Imports at Toyosu Market Fell 60% to 570 Fish

The number of imported fresh tuna received at Tokyo's Toyosu Market in September, which Jiji Press calculated, was 570, a decrease of 58.8% from the same month of the previous year. Typically, the volume of transactions increases in September, but it is the smallest in the past 20 years. In addition to wild bluefin tuna, wild southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna decreased by nearly 60%, reported Minato Shimbun.

The total number of bluefin tuna decreased by 59% to 329...

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Judge Dismisses Subway ‘Fake Tuna’ Lawsuit

A lawsuit that initially questioned if quick-service sandwich chain Subway used 'real' tuna and would later question the sustainability of its tuna products, was thrown out in federal court by U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar.

According to judge Tigar, the plaintiffs in the case were unable to meet the requirements for the suit to move forward.

“By identifying Subway and its sandwiches, wraps, and salads containing tuna products, Plaintiffs adequately plead the “who” and “what” of the alleged fraud,” Tigar wrote in his ruling. “But Plaintiffs’ complaint does not...

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Pacific Island Tuna to be Supplying Walmart’s Store Brand Canned Tuna

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a partnership with the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) by creating Pacific Island Tuna, a TNC-RMI joint venture company. The purpose of their partnership is to transform the global canned tuna supply chain. Pacific Island Tuna will supply canned tuna to U.S. Walmart stores.

Tuna is a vital species to Pacific Island Nations. The Pacific Island Tuna business allows Pacific Islanders to participate equitably in global tuna supply chains and intends for 100% of long-term net profits to return back...

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Dark Clouds Hover Over Supply Outlook for Frozen Bluefin Tuna for Japan's End of Year Sales Season

For frozen tuna that can be stored for an extended period, it is easy to calculate the quantity and unit price, and it is easy to make a schedule for the year-end sales season. Mediterranean Sea tuna, which accounts for most frozen bluefin tuna fillets, has a peak of delivery from November when new products enter the market and around April of the following year. While many new harvests that arrive in November are destined for the year-end sales season...

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ISSF Disappointed in IATTC Failure to Adopt Tropical Tuna Conservation Measures

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) shared its disappointment in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) inability to agree on a tuna conservation measure.

According to the ISSF, the recent IATTC meeting “yielded few positive results in the advancement of the Commission’s agenda to protect bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.”

“The IATTC was unable to reach a consensus on an urgently needed tuna conservation measure, delaying this critical goal until its next meeting in October,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson...

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Buyer Pays $145,000 for Tuna at Toyosu Fish Market’s First Auction of 2022

Big money is always spent at Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market during the New Year auction, and this year was no different. According to reports, a buyer bought a bluefin tuna for $145,000.

Restaurant operator Onodera Group and wholesaler Yamayuki were said to have jointly gone in on the tuna, which cost them 16.88 million yen. AFP Tokyo reports that the 2022 New Year sale is “far below” the 2019 record of 333.6 million yen.

The tuna in question was caught...

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Japan’s November Import Value Up 29% To $1.5 Billion

According to the November customs statistics released by Japan's Ministry of Finance on December 24, imports of marine products (including non-edibles) turned positive in volume for the first time in three months, and the value increased significantly accordingly. Due to rising global prices, procurement costs have risen, and the monthly growth rate has reached an unusual 30% increase, Suisan Keizai reported.

The November imports were 207,436 tons and 175,444.61 million yen ($1,524.03 million), a sharp increase of 29.8% compared to the...

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JAPAN: Frozen Bigeye Price In November At Toyosu Market Tops 1100 yen/kg

The number of frozen large bigeyes (40kg and up) put on the Toyosu market auction in November was 11,210, down 21% from the same month of the previous year. This is an increase of 847, up 8% from October, due to the rise in users for the year-end sales season. However, there is no change in the release while paying attention to the limited inventory volume. Depending on the year-end sales performance, the number of fish for auction sales early next month will drop further...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Japan’s October Tuna Imports Down 40% For Fresh And Chilled, 28% for Frozen

According to the customs statistics of the Ministry of Finance, the import result of fresh and chilled tuna in October was 471 tons, down 40% from the same month of the previous year, and 877 million yen ($7.70 million), down 22%. Frozen tuna was 11,768 ton, down 28%, and 10,388 million yen ($91.23 million), up 8%. Processed tuna was 4,190 tons, up 4%, and 2,559 million yen ($22.47 million), up 6%, Suisan Keizai reported.

The decrease in frozen bigeye tuna...

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Toyosu Market October Imported Tuna Sales Down In Wild Bluefins from North America

According to the October fresh tuna sales results at Tokyo's Toyosu Market, compiled by Jiji Press, imported tuna decreased by 49% from the same month of the previous year to 497 fish. Southern bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna also dropped, Minato Shimbun reported.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 479, a decrease of 46%. Wild fish from both North America and Norway was less than the previous year. Fish from Canada, the primary supplier, was 306 (446 in the same month of the last year)...

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Japan’s September Tuna Imports Fall 53% to 378 Tons Year-on-Year

According to the customs statistics of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the import of tuna in September was 378 tons for fresh and chilled fish. This was down 53% from the same month of the previous year, 658 million yen ($5.77 million); down 48%, and 15,142 tons, 12% decrease, 13,868 million yen ($121.73 million), 10% increase, for frozen fish. Processed tuna was 3697 tons, 11% increase, 2,249 million yen ($19.74 million), 13% decrease, reported Suisan Keizai...

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Philippines-based 12-Vessel Tuna Fleet, Processing Plant Land Global Seafood Alliance Standards

A 12-vessel fleet fishing for tuna, and a tuna processing plant based in the Philippines both achieved a Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) on November 10.

RD Fishing Group achieved the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) certification for its 12 tuna fishing vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean.

Philbest Canning Co.’s also netted certification to the Seafood Processing Standard (SPS) for its tuna processing plant.

The fish harvested by RD Fishing Group is from a Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized fishery...

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Vietnam Seafood Producer Hai Trieu Food Nets Friend of the Sea Certification

Vietnam-based seafood producer Hai Trieu Food achieved Friend of the Sea certification for sustainable fishing practices.

The firm is one of the leading yellowfin tuna and dried seafood products exporters in Vietnam and it can now display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products

Hai Trieu Food was established in 2006 and features a seven vessels fleet with processing capabilities as well. According to Friend of the Sea, the company’s staple yellowfin tuna is a species of importance to...

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Bumble Bee’s Premium Prime Line Gets Relaunched With Sleek New Look, New Products

What better way to celebrate National Seafood Month than with the launch of new products? 

This week Bumble Bee Seafoods debuted their new Prime product line, which was formerly known as Prime Fillet. This updated product line includes canned tuna and salmon products, as well as a new on-the-go snack kit to cater to those looking to eat a healthy, premium product while on the run.

“The Bumble Bee Prime product line is designed to offer a...

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Wild Planet Foods Takes Home Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation Award

Sustainability-focused canned seafood company Wild Planet Foods won the Good Housekeeping's Sustainable Innovation Award in the "Smarter, Healthier Food & Kitchen" category for its Ready-to-Eat Wild Tuna, Bean & Corn Salad.

Wild Planet’s product features a blend of responsibly sourced, 100% pole & line caught wild skipjack tuna, organic, non-GMO sweetcorn, carrots, red peppers and red beans.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from Good Housekeeping for our Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls," said Bill Carvalho, President and Founder of Wild Planet Foods...

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StarKist Celebrates Mascot Charlie Turning 60

Legendary StarKist mascot Charlie the Tuna is turning 60 and Starkist is proud to celebrate him.

The character was created in 1961 by Tom Rogers of the Leo Burnett agency. StarKist's popular television commercials led Charlie to fam and the catchphrase "Sorry Charlie®" became well-known all over. The catchphrase even has its own holiday! National Sorry Charlie Day is annually on April 6.

"The fact that he appeals to audiences as much today as he did sixty years ago is really a testament to his timeless charm..."

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Western Pacific Fishery Managers Recommend Improved Seabird Conservation Measures

So long, blue bait. Hello tori lines.

Fishery managers this week took action to approve new seabird conservation measures in the Hawai'i deep-set longline fishery.

A recent tori line study showed streamer lines are significantly more effective than blue-dyed fish bait to deter seabirds like Laysan and black-footed albatross from interacting with longline gear, according to a press release from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. The Council supported using tori lines instead of blue-dyed bait, which is currently required as a seabird interaction mitigation ...

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August Sales of Fresh Imported Tuna at Toyosu Market Fell 25% Compared to 2020

The number of fresh imported tuna delivered at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo, Japan in August, calculated by Jiji Press, was 2344, a decrease of 25% from the same month of the previous year. The drop was due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection and the extended emergency declaration centered on the Tokyo metropolitan area affecting the fish deliveries of bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna, and bigeye tuna, reported Minato Shimbun.

The total number of bluefin tuna was 214, a decrease of 63%. The...

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