History of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna & JAPAN

Fresh Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Auction / at TSUKIJI

Chronology

1972 :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna landed on Prince Edwards Island, Canada.
First time, Line up at the Tsukiji Market auction site.
Export to Japan. (Air / Fresh)

1975 :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna farming begins in Halifax, Canada.
Export to Japan. (Air / Fresh)

1985 :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna farming begins in Ceuta, Spain.
Export to Japan. (Air / Fresh)

Late 1980s :
Japanese frozen longline fishing ships begin fishing for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
(Ship / Frozen)

1990s :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna farming business begins in earnest in the Mediterranean.
Export to Japan. (Air / Fresh)
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna caught by set net fishery method are frozen by Freezing processing ship.
Export to Japan. (Ship / Frozen)

ABFT-JPN-tsukiji Frozen tuna
Frozen Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Set net Fishery) / at TSUKIJI

1995 :
Japanese-style set net fishery business begins in Olhao, Portugal.
Export to Japan. (Air / Fresh)

1998 :
Started Super freezing processing of farmed Atlantic Bluefin Tuna on a ship.
Export to Japan. (Ship / Frozen)

1999 :
Started the TAC & QUOTA system to regulate overfishing and illegal fishing.
ICCAT : https://www.iccat.int/

2006 :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna resources are reduced due to overfishing and illegal fishing.
The TAC & QUOTA system is actually implemented.

2010s :
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna stocks have been restored by setting the TAC & QUOTA and restricting catches.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna caught by set net fishery method are frozen by Freezing processing facility.
(Spain : https://www.gadira.com/ & Portugal : http://www.tunipex.eu/)

2020 :
Due to the covid-19 problem, the purchase price in Japan is the lowest.

About half a century

Export (Distribution) to Japan changed due to changes in supply and demand, as well as refrigeration technology and cold chains.
However, I am surprised that it has such a relationship with Japan, which is far from the Atlantic Ocean.
I feel how much Japanese love tuna.
It’s turning into culture.

2021-08-01|
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