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Popular Japanese fish scarcest in 48 years

Shortage of Pacific saury sends sticker prices surging

Loved for its fatty meat, Pacific saury caught this year have scrawnier than usual.

TOKYO -- This year's haul for a fish typically served in Japan in fall is shaping up to be the worst in nearly five decades.

Only about 46,000 tons of Pacific saury were caught in Japan this year to Oct. 31, half as much as at the same point last year, data from a Tokyo-based saury fishery group shows.

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