In Hokkaido, seafood is responsibly managed by utilizing science-based approaches to help fish stocks, communities, and entire ecosystems thrive for generations to come.
The focus has shifted from “catching” to “raising” fisheries.
For example, the cultivation of scallops from young shellfish has become mainstream. Hatching and releasing of salmon fish are actively conducted in order to later catch salmon that have returned to the estuary after reaching adulthood in the ocean. Moreover, Hokkaido Fisheries have adopted regulations to ensure that this balance of sea life is preserved. Such rules include limiting the total amount of fish to be caught, allowing fishing during certain seasons, and enforcing specific fish measurements to allow smaller ones to escape.