Outlook bleak for Japanese squid catch
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.