Distributors Question Early Start of Saury Season in Japan

Economy

Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--Some distributors in Japan are questioning the early start of this year's saury season as sales of fresh saury at supermarkets in the Tokyo metropolitan area are slow due to the out-of-season fish being small.

Voicing hopes for autumn, which is the best time of the year for the fish to gain size and higher fat, distributors are concerned that this year's fishing season, which started some two months earlier than usual, has come too soon.

Japan's Fisheries Agency eased regulations to allow large fishing ships to catch saury in the high seas all year round beginning this year, in the hope of boosting saury catches, which have been poor in the past few years.

The ships headed to the open waters of the Pacific Ocean in mid-May. By Saturday, over 150 tons of saury had been unloaded at Nemuro port in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan.

The average weight of a single saury this year is about 100 grams, slightly smaller than that of the first saury in recent years.

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