Vietnam exports first tuna batch to Japan

By Hoang Trong, Thanh Nien News

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Yellow fin tuna caught by fishermen in the central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Hoang Trong Yellow fin tuna caught by fishermen in the central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Hoang Trong
Binh Dinh Fisheries Joint Stock Company (Bidifisco) exported its first batch of tuna to Japan on Wednesday after signing an agreement with its exclusive distributor a day earlier.
Kato Hitoshi General Office Co. Ltd. will distribute tuna to its partners and auctions in Japan.
Earlier, the two companies agreed on a cooperation model that covers everything from catch to sale, including fishing with specialized equipment and techniques.
Five fishing crews based in Binh Dinh province's Tam Quan Bac Commune in Hoai Nhon District have been trained with the equipment used by Japanese experts.
They've also learned a new technique of electrocuting the fish before freezing them. Normally, fishermen in Vietnam kill the newly caught tuna by hitting their heads with a hammer and putting them in cold storage.
Bidifisco director Cao Thi Kim Lan said the first expedition returned on Tuesday with 54 tunas, weighing around 50 kilograms each.
“The fish were selected and sent to Japan for auction on August 8,” she said.
According to Hirosuke Kato, Kato Hitoshi General Office director, the cooperation model should be multiplied in Vietnam as Japan remains a major consumer market for tuna.

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