Fishing in Japan
As we all know that Japan is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, not only this ocean but it is a home for various freshwater lakes, rivers and mountain streams. Due to the fact that Japan is an island, it has a strong relationship with fishing. From the centuries, Japan’s commercial fishing is booming. The reason behind, seafood is available abundantly and Japan is the world’s top consumer of it.
Apart from fishing, Japan is a large importer of marine products from all over the world. They import tuna, shrimp, salmon, cod and crab. Japanese are fond of fishing, mainly the inhabitants around Tokyo. They adopted a new angling method called “urban fishing” where some small bodies are stocked with fish. The pools are charged for fishing privately and there it will be given to the restaurants to be cooked. For urban fishing, zauo restaurants are well recognised among. Artificial lakes and man-made ponds have also grown in the middle of Tokyo.
Apart from urban fishing, traditional fishing methods were also followed in japan over the centuries. one such method is ukai, where trained birds will be used to help anglers to capture fish and gifu city is most famous for this. Another type of freshwater fly fishing, dobu where a big rod is used and at the other end, a big weight is attached to sin down. Chub, ayu and dace can be used to catch using this style.
As we can access japan saltwater fishing grounds but Tokyo bay gives a completely different experience. There are some departure points to enter Tokyo bay but Kanto and Edgowa are very particular for charter boats. Fishing in Tokyo not only gives you scenic beauty but also a wide range of species. Tokyo bay has an enormous fishery, with man-made structures, shell beds, docks, deep offshore waters, grassy flats to be explored.
Species like sea bass is abundantly available here. Sea bass is also called sea perch or Suzuki. These are available round the year. Autumn is the most productive time for sea bass as they head to the surface waters which can be caught on bait.
This bay is also recommended for some world-famous big fish like tuna. During autumn some species like yellowfin and skipjack are also available.
The impact of the fishing industry in Japan as we know that Japan is the largest fish consuming country in the world, they consume 7.5 billion tons of fish a year or it is nearly 10 per cent world’s fishing which h is equal to 30 kilograms per person per year rather their rivals, the northern part of Europe (Scandinavians) consume 15 kilograms per year per person.
Japan holds $ 14 billion commercial fishing industry. Local fisherman also catches other sea creatures, imported and raised in aqua farms. Japan runs around 200,000 vessels of which 2000 were for tuna and bonito. In Japan, 66 per cent fishing is done locally through half of its annual consumption is from imports. Their imports have increased 0.3 per cent year by year till March 2015 according to the trade data of japan customs. Japan mostly imports from Russia nearly 130,000 metric tons but the recent figures show there is a slight increase from us than from Russia. If we talk about the year 2008, it is about 7.2 million tons.in recent years china has crossed japan in consuming fish. Japanese consume mostly seafood while china relies on freshwater fish raised in farms.