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Conserving Biodiversity

Farming bluefin tuna for aquaculture

Interest in the sustainability of marine resources has been increasing globally as difficulties in securing marine resources over the world arise due to overfishing and illegal fishing methods and operations.
The world needs ways of fishing that appropriately conserve and effectively utilize marine resources, while considering ecosystems and preventing overfishing.
As a corporation that handles marine resources, we strive for the sustainable and effective use of ocean resources.

The fishing of bluefin tuna, a type of tuna particularly beloved by the Japanese and considered a luxury item, is internationally regulated due to concerns about marine resources conservation. In 2007,We established the company for farming bluefin tuna in Kochi Prefecture , and have been shipping farmed tuna since 2009.

farmed tuna

Obtaining MSC/ASC CoC Certification for Responsible Seafood Supply

The Kyokuyo Group started handling MSC/ASC certified products in 2006 and has been steadily increasing the amount and types of registered fish since then.
When handling certified products, we provide in-house training to the person in charge of the particular fish type and product for registration, as well as those concerned with purchasing and sales.
This training starts with understanding the necessity for conserving biodiversity and effectively using marine resources, and also teaches that these certified products lead to improved corporate value and contribute to a sustainable society.
The Kyokuyo Group promotes awareness on Sustainable Development Goal 14, "Life Below Water" via these activities.

MSC/ASC CoC Certification

Joining Marine Eco-Label Japan Council

Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) is a Japanese labeling system for seafood that certifies fisheries and aquaculture that actively works to conserve resources and ecosystems so that they can be optimally used for future generations and contributes to the achievement of SDGs and new development in the Japanese fishing industries.
In June 2018, Kyokuyo Co., Ltd. joined Marine Eco-Label Japan Council, the scheme owner of MEL. By joining this council, we contribute to the sustainable use of marine resources and the conservation of ecosystems, and help pass on the highly diverse Japanese seafood culture to future generations.

The Marine Eco-Label Japan

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