Good early haul for Japanese salmon fishermen

World | 3 Sep 2018 2:06 pm

The fall salmon fishing season has begun in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

Three fishing boats left the port of Cape Erimo on Saturday morning. They caught 600 kilograms of salmon over a three-hour period, about three times the amount caught on the first day of the season last year.

Salmon caught in autumn, known as 'akisake' in Japanese, is one of Hokkaido's seasonal delicacies, NHK reports.

The amount caught has hit record lows the past 2 seasons. But the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute of the Hokkaido Research Organization has forecast an 80 percent increase in the region's catch this year.

One fisherman says it's too early to tell, but that he is hoping for a great year based on the forecast.

Salmon fishing season lasts until November 20th in the town of Erimo.

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