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August 18, 2015


Lobster Farming




On August 10, 2015, Koichi Matsuda, senior researcher at the Mie Prefectural Fisheries Research Institute, released 25 young Japanese spiny lobsters (Panulirus japonicus) in waters off Shima, Mie Prefecture (western Japan) as part of an artificial breeding project.  The institute was a pioneer in raising infant lobsters from artificially bred larva, having first done so in 1988.


The Japanese spiny lobster is a member of the Panulirus genus of spiny lobsters.  It grows up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) long and lives in the Pacific Ocean around Japan, China and Korea.  It is commercially fished in Japan and is a popular item in high-end Japanese restaurants.


Sources: 1. Kyodo News.  Lobster-Breeding Experiment Under Way in Waters off Western Japan.  August 19, 2015.  2. Wikipedia.  Japanese Spiny Lobster.  August 18, 2015.

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