Perspective from Japan on whaling and whale meat, a spot of gourmet news, and monthly updates of whale meat stockpile statistics
*** UPDATED 2009/05/31***
Tena koe everyone, again struggling to make time at the moment but here's a brief update for the March figures that were released last Friday.
March was again not a good month if you are looking for big decreases in existing inventory, but if you are an anti-whaling propaganda merchant then it's time to put your hat on and go to town as the inventory volumes will be peaking around about now or with the April figures.March 2009 outgoing stock: 278 tons
Again - another low figure for outgoing inventory. Just 51% compared with the prior year month.March 2009 incoming stock: 1,861 tons
This month is clearly unusual, and the regional stockpile breakdown figures included in the Ministry's release show that Tokyo's inventory increased by a net of 1,645 tons for the month. Didn't see it in the media (may have missed it), but the JARPA II fleet's supply vessel appears to have returned to Japan during the month of March, and unloaded perhaps as much as 1,750 tons of whale meat by-product in facilities in the Tokyo region. As always, note that this new inventory does get made available for sale on the market until early summer however (and some of it gets set aside for public purposes).
March 2009 end-of-month inventories: 4,402 tons
A 56% increase from February indicates that the previous month's inventory level of 2,819 tons is likely to be a low for 2009.
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Will look to get back to this with graphs etc if the time presents itself - maybe on the weekend.
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---- UPDATE 2009/05/31 ----
Almost June, and the April figures will be out in on the 10th, but here are some of my regular items.
March 2009 top inventory regions
Stockpile size at month end
|Stockpile size at|
previous month end
|Tokyo city wards||2,912||1,267||+1,645|
Graph: Inventory ratio
The inventory ratio spike continued in March.
Graph: Annual volumes
Graph: Monthly volumes
Graph: Outgoing stock (cumulative)
This year sees outgoing inventory figures the weakest they have been in some years.
Graph: Incoming stock (cumulative)
On the incoming stock side 2009 is shaping up to be second only to 2006, but we'll have a better idea once the April figures are released.
Graph: Regional whale meat inventories
Around half of the inventory shown here in the Tokyo figures was not for sale as of March month-end, and won't be until sometime in June or July.
Funabashi's seemingly static inventory levels remain a mystery.
Labels: whale meat inventory statistics