Saury Prices Plunge in Japan after Recovery in Catches

Economy Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--Prices of saury, an autumn delicacy, have dropped across Japan thanks to a rapid recovery in catches in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Some major supermarket stores in the greater Tokyo area have already started special sale, offering saury at around 100 yen each, in stark contrast to soaring prices in recent years caused by poor catches.

Saury catches had been sluggish since early July, when the fishing season started. Catches, however, increased in waters off the coast of Hokkaido in late August.

At a port in Nemuro, a major production site, daily catches twice exceeded 1,300 tons, matching a peak level during the full-fledged fishing season in autumn.

The total amount of catches at the port in August surged almost 40 pct from a year earlier.

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