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2012 Total Production of Fisheries, Aquaculture Amounts to 4.84M Tons

April 26, 2013

According to the Statistics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2012 released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the 2012 aggregate amount yielded in the fishery and aquaculture sectors hiked 1.6 percent to 4.841 million tons. The increase recorded in 2012 was possible because of a drop in production after the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. Compared to the production in 2010, a year before the disaster, the year of 2012 registered an 8.9 percent fall.

In marine fisheries, the total of 3.731 million tons or down 2.4 percent was reported. Mackerel species and bonito and the like went up, whereas Pacific flying squid, Japanese sardine, and Japanese horse mackerel dipped.

Marine aquaculture rose 20.1 percent, amounting to 1.043 million tons. This is ascribable to the recovery of facilities for scallop and seaweed that were devastated by the quake and tsunami back in 2011.

Inland fisheries and farming yielded 67,000 tons, down 8.6 percent. Eel production suffered fry shortages, leading to the decline.

By fish species, 440,200 tons of mackerel were harvested, or an increase of 12.2 percent. Landings in Kagoshima and Miyagi fell, however increases were made in Ibaragi, Ehime and Shizuoka.

Bonito recorded 280,300 tons, or up 6.9 percent. Shizuoka and Tokyo reported hikes; on the other hand, Mie and Miyagi saw reductions.

Japanese anchovy marked 240,600 tons, down 8 percent. Despite an increase in Hokkaido, there were declines in Ibaragi and Nagasaki. Pollack were 228,600 tons. There was a rise in Iwate and a drop in Hokkaido.

The harvest amount of fish specific to marine aquaculture came to 250,300 tons, up 8.1 percent. Of which, amberjack numbered 159,300 tons, a growth of 9 percent. A bumper year was experienced in the previous year in Kagoshima and Ehime and therefore, shipping of farmed amberjack was restrained and deferred to 2012.

Inland fisheries harvested 32,950 tons, down 4 percent. Salmon and trout swell 18.6 percent, ending at 13,650 tons. The landings in Hokkaido, the main harvester of salmon, were inflated in order to secure more salmon roe, leading to the recorded increase.

Inland aquaculture caught 33,963 tons of fish, which declined 12.7 percent. Eel plunged 21 percent to 17,377 tons, ascribable to fry shortages in Aichi and Kagoshima.

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