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Fish Cutter Manufacturer Markets New Fish Scale Remover

August 18, 2010

A new style fish scale-removing machine with a cubic structure marketed by a fish cutter machine manufacturer, Tsunezawa Co. Ltd., located in Kesennnuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, is becoming a sensation among seafood processing plants nationwide.

High-pressure waterjet blasted from all four directions, up, down, right and left, enables the cleaning of not only fish scales from back to belly, but the fish's sliminess. Its astounding ability is proven by a high scale removal ratio of 95 to 98 percent. The machine boasts of its high convenience being able to handle a range of fish sizes from small fish like smelt-whitings to larger ones like yellowtail and seabream, frozen or fresh.

Belying its compact size, the scale remover's great processing capability is one of its attractive traits. It can deal with 5,400 to 6,000 smelt-whitings or 900 to 1,200 yellowtail (T-WU-2 Model) per hour. In addition to abbreviated processing times, its energy-saving design to lower operating costs of water and electricity by harnessing an energy-cutting nozzle, is another popular selling point. Furthermore, fish discoloration can be averted by the use of a wide-angle nozzle.

Adjustment of the machine, e.g. waterjet pressure and conveyer speed, can be accomplished by simple maneuvering. Moreover, it is designed in as straightforward manner as possible, leaving little room for breakdowns; and it can be washed completely without taking it apart.

There are two different models: "T-WU-1 Model" suitable for small to medium size fish (electricity: 3.9 kw and water: 15-25 lit/mit) and "T-WU-2 Model" intended for large fish (electricity: 5.7 kw and water: 20-30 lit/mit). For further information, contact the company at 0226-27-4025.

The original article was published on August 18, 2010 and was translated by Kiyo Hayasaka.

Self-Sufficiency Rate of Marine Foods Marks 62 Percent for Three Consecutive Years

August 12, 2010

According to the 2009 Supply and Demand Chart released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery, a self-sufficiency rate of marine foods for human consumption based on weight ended at 62 percent; a rate of seafood as a whole was 53 percent. There was no numerical change in either case. The category of seaweed pulled off one point hike to 72 percent. Even though domestic yields diminished and export amounts rose, import amounts also dwindled, leading to no alteration in the degree of self-sufficiency.

The amount of domestically yielded marine products for human consumption plummeted by 156,000 tons on a year-on-year basis. Atka mackerel fell 51,000 tons; mackerel 49,000 tons; and saury 43,000 tons. As for increased marine species, salmon varieties rose 43,000 tons and scallop 41,000 tons.

Import amounts shrank 224,000 tons compared with the year-ago period. Frozen mackerel and pollack (frozen surimi) headed downward by 19,000 tons and 15,000 tons respectively. Frozen bonito (a jump of 20,000 tons) and frozen octopus (a hike of 11,000 tons) were among ones with increases.

Export amounts, when contrasted with the previous year, moved upward by 21,000 tons. Frozen pollack grew 37,000 tons and frozen saury did 18,000 tons. Frozen mackerel and frozen bonito slipped by 49,000 tons and 34,000 tons respectively.

The actual amount for domestic consumption, which is calculated based on the following formula: (domestic yield amount + import amount) - export amount ± inventory amount, exhibited a decline of 255,000 tons from a year ago.

Seaweed import amounts tumbled 3,000 tons in comparison with the prior year result. Their actual amount for domestic consumption slumped 3,000 tons.

Japan's Seafood Self-Sufficiency Rates (%)
For Human Consumption555760626262

The original article was published on August 12, 2010 and was translated by Kiyo Hayasaka.

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