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Photo Journal: Season for saury

The first catch of saury is unloaded from a fishing vessel at Hanasaki Port in the Hokkaido Prefecture city of Nemuro on Aug. 24, 2018. The fish were caught with stick-held dip nets some 800 kilometers from the port. The fish are bigger and fattier than those in last year's catch, which was second poorest in 48 years, following a dismal haul in 1969. In the first catch this year, a total of 298.5 tons of saury were landed by 11 large vessels and 18 smaller boats at the port, which recorded the best catch of saury in Japan for eight consecutive years until last year. The fish went on auction from 7 a.m. The highest bid was 691 yen for one kilogram, which was about 10 percent cheaper compared to the first haul in 2017. Saury, once considered the fare of common people, has become less popular in recent years due to increasing prices resulting from stagnation in numbers and fishery from 2010. (Mainichi)

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