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Akasaki, Ofunato, Iwate prefecture

We truly appreciate the support 4/6/2011

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This picture is of Mr. Kenji Shida and his wife, oyster producers in Akasaki.

The wife remains cheerful and said, “This year’s oysters might have been the biggest and the tenderest in a while.  All gone now." While there are a mountain of debris and huge ships on the land, I felt their strong heart not to give in to the disaster.

I presented them some of the messages from oyster owners; they were very grateful and said, "This kind of thing has been somebody else's business.  But now that I have been affected, I am appreciative of this support for the first time."  

In Ofunato (as well as in Kesen'numa and Ishinomaki), it was on the news that heavy oil spread into the bay and that it will be a lot of work to remove.  However, this has happened before and it took only three months for the bay to recover, though it was predicted it would take one year.  They said, "The ocean has a lot of bacteria that have resolving power. So, don't worry."  I felt the great power of the sea. 

Finally, they said, "We are going to start from Crassosterea Nippona oyster that grow fast."  This is actually a practical plan because they can buy oyster seeds from Akita prefecture. 

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Similarly, this picture is of Mr. Hidefumi Kumasawa, an oyster producer in Akasaki.

The ship behind him that was swept away and stranded on the land is not his ship.  It costs a lot of money to remove those ships.

Problems include oyster producers' lost ships---they do not have a place to live because have been completely destroyed.  Harbor facilities also need to be fixed.

The local and national governments should work on quick recovery of infrastructure, such as residencies and harbors

Scenery without oyster rafts 4/27/2011

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A lot of oyster rafts that floated on the bay before the disaster, are all gone now.

Akasaki is a famous oyster producing area even among Sanriku for its high quality oysters.  I strongly believe that this area will succeed in reconstruction as long as producers and oyster fans do not give up.  

On this day, I visited Ofunato Fishery Cooperative.  I suggested supporting them as I explained the project.

It seemed that they had already heard about the project from the company's aligned producers.  They said they truly appreciate the support.   

I told them that I was delivering oyster fans' hearts, and showed messages from these supporters.  It will take Akasaki a take a long time to get rid of oil and debris in the bay.

Decided to provide crassosterea nippona’s seeds 5/4/2011

Akasaki, Ofunato has three groups of producers, and each of them has been seeking their way to reconstruct oyster culture.  However, all three of them decided to start producing Crassosterea Nippona this year. 

This project will provide fee to buy 600 sets of Crassosterea Nippona oyster seeds.
The support filled with all oyster owners' heart is gradually and surely reaching producers in Sanriku.  Thank you so much.

             

On another note, Crassosterea Nippona oyster seeds will be provided from Akita prefecture.

Oyster seeds arrived from Akita Prefecture 6/4/2011

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600 sets of Crassosterea Nippona oyster seeds arrived in Akasaki, Ofunato from Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture.  Just like Crassosterea Gigas, these oysters stick in scallop shells.  One set has 70 shells.  Producers bring each set to a ship by hand, and then temporarily submerge them in the sea 100 meters away from a wharf.  Later, they tangle those shells in ropes, and begin oyster aquaculture.