Bluefin Tuna Catches off Japan Sluggish This Season

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)--Bluefin tuna catches in coastal waters off Japan have been sluggish so far in the current fishing season between July 2018 and March this year.

This is apparently because many fishers have curbed operations following the introduction this season of stricter rules designed to tackle overfishing, with the total amount of catches standing at some 40 pct of the upper limit.

Bluefin tuna, used for sushi and other cuisine, is a delicacy for Japanese.

An upper limit is set for each of the country's 47 prefectures, on the basis of factors including past catches. This season, the total amount of catches of bluefin tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms each came to 651 tons in all prefectures as of Jan. 21, against the combined limit of 1,528.7 tons, and that of tuna weighing 30 kilograms or over stood at 480.4 tons, against the cap of 1,125.2 tons, according to the Fisheries Agency.

Bluefin tuna catches "are unlikely to surge during the remaining period" because the peak of the fishing season has already been over in many areas, an official of the agency suggested.

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