Out­look bleak for Ja­panese squid catch

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

TOKYO — Poor catches of su­rume-ika, or Ja­panese com­mon squid, are likely to con­tinue this year. The squid is used in pop­u­lar home dishes such as sashimi and is also sold dried.

Ac­cord­ing to a long-term fore­cast about fish­ing con­di­tions by the Ja­pan Fish­eries Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Agency, ar­rivals of su­rume-ika squid to sea ar­eas near Ja­pan will likely be al­most the same or lower com­pared with those last year, when catch vol­umes of the squid were at a record low.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fish­eries Co­op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tions (JF Zengy­oren), catch vol­umes of su­rume-ika squid had been around 200,000 tons un­til 2011. The fig­ure fell to 110,000 tons in 2015 and to 60,000 tons in 2016.

Many fish­eries ex­perts share a view that the poor catches have been af­fected by de­creases in the num­ber of eggs the squid lay be­cause of the de­creas­ing sea­wa­ter tem­per­a­ture in the East China Sea dur­ing re­cent years.

As the poor catches of the squid will likely con­tinue for three con­sec­u­tive years, seafood-pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies and other re­lated busi­nesses are deeply wor­ried.

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