Japan's saury catches projected to hit record low

Fresh saury prices are expected to rise. 

Japan’s saury catches are expected to hit a record low through the end of the year as biomass of the species continues to fall, reports The Japan Times. 

It is the third consecutive year of poor catches of the species, which will likely lead to higher fresh saury prices, according to the country's Fisheries Agency.

The agency confirmed a decline in saury resources in a survey of coastal areas and the high seas from June to July.

Based on the results, the agency expects catches in the first half of the saury fishing season through early October to rise from the previous year and decline in the second half.

The commission plans to discuss the matter at an annual meeting next year, but many pundits predict that it will be difficult to reach an agreement, citing large gaps between supporters and opponents.

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