Sardine Stealing Spotlight from Saury in Japan

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Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Sardine has been attracting attention in Japan in place of saury whose catches have been sluggish despite the earlier-than-usual start of fishing operations for the species.

Sardine is selling well at supermarkets in the Tokyo metropolitan area, thanks to low prices backed by bountiful catches.

The fish is known to be in season in June, when the rainy season starts in many areas of Japan.

This year, too, sardine landings started to increase sharply in June, at ports in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido and other areas. On one day in mid-July, over 3,000 tons of sardine was unloaded at Choshi port in Chiba.

This year's rainy season has ended, but not the sardine season, with good landings expected in Hokkaido, Chiba and the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi this month.

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