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サンマ 根室で初水揚げ 出足鈍く不安も

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saury
サンマ
haul
水揚げ高(後出 catch も同意、unload と land は水揚げする)
Fisheries Agency
水産庁
~ consecutive years
~年連続
outing
(ここでは)出漁
waters
海域
North Pacific
北太平洋
snatch
捕まえる
migrate
回遊する
Saury are unloaded for the first time this season in Nemuro, Hokkaido, on Aug. 22. (Mainichi)

Saury fishing season opens amid fears of very poor haul   

The saury fishing season has opened in Japan with only small catches reported so far, and the Fisheries Agency is predicting poor results on the same level as in 2017, when the haul was the lowest since 1969.

In Nemuro, Hokkaido, where the largest amount of saury has been unloaded for nine consecutive years in Japan, five mid-sized ships landed a total of 17 tons of the fish on Aug. 22 following their first outing of the season. The amount is nearly 90% smaller than that of last year.

The total amount of saury caught in Japan reached about 220,000 tons in 2014, but the figure dropped sharply to some 120,000 tons in 2018. In contrast, hauls by Taiwanese and Chinese ships operating in international waters in the North Pacific have greatly increased in recent years.

As for the reason behind the poor catch in Japan, the Fisheries Agency claims that "China and Taiwan snatch the saury before they can migrate to the seas near Japan."

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週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリー9月7日号

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