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Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Tetsuro Sogo hopes Japan can one day overtake Norway as the biggest producer of salmon. (Photo: AFP/Farzaneh Khademian)

Hoping that one day this will allow cost-effective inland farming of salmon, and enable Japanese to buy the homegrown fish for their sushi.

Channel News Asia
Feb 28, 2018


After a test run last year, which produced one tonne of salmon that was sold to a major supermarket in Tokyo, Sogo plans to have a larger pilot facility up and running by July in Chiba, near Tokyo, producing 30 tonnes a year.

By 2020, the firm is aiming for a commercial plant capable of producing 1,500 tonnes of sushi-ready salmon.

Sogo is far from the only salmon farmer in Japan: in 2015, the central city of Imizu started farming “sakura-masu” or “cherry blossom salmon”, named for their delicate colour.

Rarely caught in the wild, the fish are considered a luxury product.

But the city is farming the salmon using existing inland techniques, meaning running costs for water and electricity are high and capacity is relatively small – just 15 tonnes a year.

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