Environment

Promoting Aquaculture

Global seafood consumption has been increasing and demand is expected to continue growing in the future. In order to deliver safe, secure and delicious fish to its customers, the Nissui Group has been focusing on its aquaculture business both in Japan and overseas. Overseas, the Group is engaged in the aquaculture of salmon and trout, while in Japan the Group operates the aquaculture businesses of yellowtail, tuna, coho salmon, mackerel and blowfish, among others.
As a manufacturer of food, the Nissui Group insists on “good-tasting food,” and using this as a starting point, it has been involved in various research and technological development in every stage of the process of farming fish from seedlings, fish feed, cultivation, processing and distribution.
Furthermore, by having staff responsible for the different types of products, such as those intended for volume retailers, ready-to-eat meals and restaurants, provide feedback on customer needs of their respective fields to the relevant divisions, the Group has been able to develop technology that meets these demands.

The Nissui Group's Aquaculture-Related

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Automation of Farmed Fish Measuring through AI

In collaboration with NEC, which possesses cutting-edge artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technology, Nissui has developed an automated farmed fish measuring solution. Simply by uploading images of the farmed fish as they swim about their tank, the technology is able to calculate the fish’s size and lengths and report that information. In aquaculture, there is a need for such solutions to constantly manage the growth status of the fish. This solution alleviates the risk of stress or disease that comes from people physically handling fish. It also reduces labor and inconvenience, and improves measurement accuracy, thereby boosting productivity. The Nissui Group will continue to deliver safe, secure and delicious farmed fish by expanding the scope of AI and IoT utilization.

Image showing AI detection of yellowtail

Image showing AI detection of yellowtail

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Promoting Aquaculture Technology Innovation

In order to use marine resources in a sustainable manner, the Nissui Group works to advance its aquaculture technologies. Within Japan we are opening up new possibilities, from farming yellowtail and coho salmon using our independent technologies; to producing entirely farmed tuna; researching the aquaculture of vannamei (white) shrimps at domestic on-land sites; and creating the technology needed to fully farm common octopuses, an endeavor previously thought too challenging. Nissui is also making progress with the development of aquaculture technology that prevents water pollution and minimizes the effect on marine ecosystems, such as solid feed mix EP pellets that aren’t accidentally dispersed out into sea and the automatic feeding Aqualingual®.

EP pellets

 

Large-scale, ocean aquaculture system

 

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Efforts to commercialize fully farmed bluefin tuna produced here in Japan

In March 2018, our bluefin tuna was shipped with the Kitsuna Gold Label brand name for the first time.

Thanks to processing at the site where they are landed, in the Kagoshima Prefecture city of Satsumasendai, we have produced rst-rate bluefin tuna with a focus on quality, freshness and taste. Domestically produced, fully farmed bluefin tuna is one of the key elements in the Nissui Aquaculture Business, and our plans to improve the sustainability of marine resource.

One of the factors for high costs in the farming of bluefin tuna is the cost of feed required for the hatched larvae. Drawing on the fruits of the research of the Oita Marine Biological Technology Center of the Central Research Laboratory, the Nissui Group has succeeded in replacing the commonly-used hatched larvae of other fish such as parrot fish and Japanese whiting (hatched larvae as feed) with formula feed; thus eliminating the need to time the hatching of the feed larvae and to manage its breeding, which, in turn, has contributed to the downsizing of personnel.
The fertilized eggs harvested at Seinan Suisan Co., Ltd. are hatched and reared at the Oita Marine Biological Technology Center using the above-mentioned proprietary formula feed. When the larvae grow to be 5 to 7 centimeters, they spend the winter in the offshore fish cages for juvenile fish of Seinan Suisan Co., Ltd. and subsequently fattened up until they reach shipment size at the company’s various fish cages. When transporting the tuna from one fish cage to another, the Group’s barges especially designed for bluefin tuna are used.

Bluefin tuna harvested at the Koshikijima farming site of Seinan Suisan Co., Ltd. are processed and packaged at the adjoining Koshikijima processing facility and shipped to customers using refrigerated delivery. By processing the tuna at the harvesting location, the Nissui Group is contributing to the construction of an optimal supply chain that emphasizes quality, freshness and good taste.
Furthermore, the addition of the Group’s unique innovative touches to each process including feeding methods, harvesting and processing, and packaging has enabled us to offer bluefin tuna with higher levels of vitamin E than regular tuna, with nearly 20% more of the umami ingredient, inosin, and with better color.
Going forward, the Group will commence the shipment of bluefin tuna raised from complete aquaculture from the Kamiura farming site (Saiki, Oita Prefecture) in addition to the Koshikijima facility, and starting in the fall of fiscal 2019 from the Goto facility of the Nissui Group company, Kaneko Sangyo Co., Ltd.

Kitsuna Gold Label

The Kitsuna Gold Label

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養殖本マグロの産地加工の取り組み  *英訳中

生鮮の本マグロは水揚げ時の鮮度低下や色沢の劣化が著しく、商品価値が損なわれやすいことが取扱い上の難点となっています。
ニッスイグループの金子産業(株)では、養殖本マグロを水揚げ時の高い鮮度を保ったまま加工・包装してチルド配送でお届けする「産地加工」に取組んでいます。さらに同社独自の加工技術により、品質と鮮度、おいしさ、使いやすさを重視した養殖マグロ加工品の最適なサプライチェーンを構築しています。
販売先は、外食・ホテル・量販店などで、加工に人手をかけられない、小ロットで導入したいなど、これまで生鮮マグロの取扱いに躊躇していたお客様のニーズにお応えしています。

同社が2018年5月より販売開始した本マグロ加工品「鮪錦(つなにしき)®」は、同社の長崎県の6つの養殖場で育成した本マグロを、水揚げ後徹底した温度管理のもと唐津の食品工場に搬入、引き続き加工工程でも温度管理を徹底し、特殊フィルムによりサク単位で個包装して、出荷しています。同社は、本マグロの養殖から飼料の生産、加工、保管、流通までの自社一貫体制を整備しており、徹底した鮮度管理・品質管理を可能としていいます。
特に水揚げ以降の温度管理技術は同社が独自に開発したもので、現在、特許出願中です。この技術に、最適な水揚げ方法や魚体の冷却方法を組み合わせて、通常品が加工日から3日程度の消費期限のところ、同品はチルド保管で加工日の翌日から7日間と長く、生鮮マグロのロングライフチルド(LLC)を実現しました。2019年度は同社の養殖マグロの全体出荷量30,000本のうち、10,000本を「鮪錦」として販売する計画です。
 

【写真】ロングライフチルド養殖本マグロ

ロングライフチルド養殖本マグロ「鮪錦®」1kg

【写真】ロングライフチルド養殖本マグロ

ロングライフチルド養殖本マグロ「鮪錦®」ラベル

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Environmentally-friendly On-land Shrimp Farming

In 2011, the Nissui Group commenced basic research into the on-land farming of vannamei (white) shrimp in Japan, and from 2016 began studies for its commercialization (feasibility studies).
The “closed biofloc method” was adopted as the farming method at the on-land site. This minimizes the amount of water used and uses aggregates of organic matter (bioflocs) to purify the water, thus reducing the environmental impact compared to conventional farming methods. While commercial use of this method is becoming widespread in Europe and Southeast Asia, this will be the first time it is used in Japan. Previously, most of the shrimp marketed in Japan had been frozen imported shrimp but with this method, the Nissui Group is now able to deliver farmed shrimp, which is fresh and may be consumed raw and which are safe and secure from not having to use drugs.
Partial shipment commenced in 2017 and from September 2018, a limited number of shrimp have been marketed nationwide as “Shirahime Ebi (“Snow White Shrimp”)” for professional use.

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