TOKYO, May 31 (NNN-NHK) – Japan’s fish catch in 2022 dropped 7.5 percent from the previous year, to a record low 3.85 million tonnes, under the impact of rising sea temperatures, local media reported.
The total, which includes farm-grown fish, was the lowest figure, since comparable data became available in 1956, and marked a second consecutive year of decline, Kyodo News reported, yesterday, citing data by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
By category, catches of saury fell 5.6 percent from a year earlier, to 18,400 tonnes, while Japanese flying squid, slipped 8.3 percent to 29,700 tonnes and octopus dipped 18.7 percent to 22,200 tonnes, said the report.
Meanwhile, salmon jumped 55.0 percent to 87,900 tonnes and anchovy increased 13.3 percent to 135,100 tonnes, it added.
Apart from global warming, overfishing has also been a factor in the poor catches, and the Japanese government is working to strengthen regulations.– NNN-NHK