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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta 2t-THE leTHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, January 11. 1974 i    Research study report Locked in Frozen Fraser River locks in some of 200 fish boats docked near New Westminster, B.C. as unusually cold spell continues in western British Columbia. Bluefin tuna meal delicacy in Japan By TOM McDOUGALL HALIFAX (CP) - In the water, the bluefin tuna is a prized catch but on a dinner plate Canadians regard him as fit mainly for dogs. They prefer to eat bonito, albacore and other tasty, white-fleshed cousins of the bluefin, whose flesh is dark, oily and strong-tasting. Until recently most bluefin taken off Canada have been left to rot or sold dirt-cheap as pet food. In Japan, however, bluefin tURa is a delicacy. They call it “magru” and eat it raw in small slices. iing and Now a combination of risii living standards in Japan a diminishing tuna supplies from their traditional sources has made the bluefin as desirable to Canadian commercial fishermen as he has always been to sportsmen. Two years ago, the most a fisherman could get for bluefin was four or five cents a pound. This season it went to 45 cents, a good return for a fish which averages 490 to 800 pounds and sometimes exceeds 1,000. By the time it reaches Japan the price is about i2.50 a pound. At least three Nova Scotia entrepreneurs have begun exporting bluefins to Japan. The largest operation is run by S. J. Ettman of Glen Margaret, who exported 264 fish last year. Almost all the tuna exported from Nova Scotia are caught in St, Margaret’s Bay, south of Halifax, where a sports fishery has never been established because the fish, for some reason, are unwilling to take a hook there. The Japanese insist that their tuna must be absolutely fresh and that it arrive at the Tokyo fish market in one piece. This has made shipping a complex process. The tuna are deep-frozen to 32 degrees below zero and rushed in bonded refrigerator containers to Boston for direct flights to Japan. They can be on Japanese dinner tables 36 hours after being caught. The season is short. The Japanese place a premium on high fat content and good fat tuna are in Canadian waters only in July and August. Mr. Ettman predicted a growing demand for tuna exports but there have been iroblems. Tuna were scarce ast year and he lays at least part of the blame on the Japanese themselves. “They had a number of longliners off Nova Scotia and took an unconscionable number of fish last summer,” he said. LONDON (CP) - In the fight against crime, detectives use every method modern science can invent to track down crooks. In the field of scientific analysis in criminal investigation, or forensic science, Britain’s home office central research establishment in Aldermaston in southern England is a leader. After many experiments, the research establishment has perfected ways of using broken glass to detect crime. Often thieves break glass while entering a building or vehicle and tiny splinters may become lodged in the thief's clothing or hair. If the police can prove that the particles came from one particular broken window then the crook can be arrested. Small quantities of paint from the scene of an accident or crime give the forensic laboratory a high chance of success. Paint, especially from a motor car or manufactured equipment like an office safe or filing cabinet, is applied in several coats. Careful analysis of different coats can identify, with certainty, the make, model and date that the object was made. Another aid to detection is the rccent automation of some forensic processes. Automation means speed, and speed often helps to catch the crook. Announcement Due to the heavy demand tor Freezers, and the industry shortage of materials, we regret to announce that many ot th« freezers offered on page 27 of our January brochure are not avaii-aibe at this time. Please check with your local Sears store for information regarding freezers that are available. Giant containers shipment increase forecast OTTAWA (CP) - Move* ment of goods in giant containers will increase enormously by 1980 with important benefits to the economy, says a research study prepared for the Canadian transport commission. The study says the volume of imwrt and export freight moved in container boxes wiU more than double by 1980 while domestic container traffic will grow even faster. It suggests railways are in a better position than trucking companies to take advantage of container business. Railways, the study says, already have the centralized organization and major terminals important in container movement.    ' The four-year study was made by a group of consultants, chiefly the Swan Wooster Engineering Co. of Vancouver and Matson Research Corp. of San Francisco. A report summarizing the study has been issued by the commission. Container handlings at Canadian ports Increased to the equivalent of 316,000 20-foot containers in 1972 from 8,700 in 1967. This is expected to grow to 800,000 by 1980. The metal containers, packed with everything from raw commodities to high-priced manufactured products, are easily shifted between trains, trucks and ships and provide protection from weather and theft. They are more easily stored and handled than other transport equipment. Current restrictions on the length of road vehicles gives railways an edge in competi tion for container business. Many low-vatue commodities like lumber and paper would not move by c<m-tainer except umler the best economic conditions, the study says. The study says the potential for domestic container traffic is 900,000 units by 1S80, about SO times the current level. But it there is some doubt about this target being reached because of existing rail boxcar and truck competition. There are important economic advantages to using containers. Container facilities increase movement of freight at lower labor costs. The study group found that labor at a container port is 7.5 times to 15 times more productive than labor at a comparable conventional port. High-speed container ships also help reduce the time in moving freight. Labor at inland rail or truck container ternjinals is 20 times more productive than at conventional inland terminals, the study say». Because of lower handling costs at ports and land terminals, the prospect of using North America as a land bridge between Europe , and Asia is more attractive, the study suggests. Shippers could move goods to Canadian ports for ran or truck movement to West Coast ports wi the way to Asia. PICTURE PROVINCE Moncton, N.B., was founded by Acadian settlers before 1755. Southern England leader in crime research field Personal Shopping Please! r Clearance of Unadvertisad Mattresses or Box Springs 1 ii Q98 QQ98 1 j Group III 49»8 to 64“ m SMipwm-SMn you 0« tlw finest gu*r*nts* Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Nj \s kR^CriiVïL'4-co'^^-'-» STORE HOURS: Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Centre Village Mall, . Telephone 328-9231 ;