Toyama Bay specialty season opener

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A fishing port facing Toyama Bay on the Sea of ​​Japan coast is buzzing this month with the auction of a variety of shrimp that is a regional delicacy.

The season for large velvet shrimp, also known as Japanese glass shrimp, opened on Friday, April 1. The pink and transparent shrimp is known as the “jewel of Toyama Bay”. It is fished mainly in the region.

Bad weather on Friday prevented fishing boats from going out to sea. On Saturday, the first catch of the season was unloaded at Shinminato Port in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture, in the morning.

The shrimp was 7 to 8 centimeters long, the average size caught in a typical year. The first trait was immediately put up for auction.

A local fishing association says around 2 tonnes of prawns are offloaded every day at this time of year.

But in 2020 and 2021, demand plummeted as people refrained from dining out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This caused shrimp prices to plummet. Fishermen have suspended their operations or reduced their catches.

Shohomaru captain Matsumoto Takashi says he has had to refrain from catching shrimp for the past two years but hopes to work hard this year.

Matsumoto said he hopes people enjoy the tasty bay shrimp.

Shrimp season will peak in July and August and continue through November.

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