Poaching Haunts Fishermen in Disaster-Hit Northeastern Japan


Kamaishi, Iwate Pref., Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--In coastal areas in the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, local fishermen are struggling to find countermeasures against poaching.

In 2016, four men were arrested red-handed by the local office of the Japan Coast Guard for poaching some 3,200 abalones in the Ogatsu district in Ishinomaki in Miyagi. Local residents have moved to higher ground after the coastal city was hit by the tsunami, leaving the areas vulnerable to poaching due to less surveillance.

Expensive equipment such as heavy machinery has been stolen in blind spots by a massive dike as well.

"We're discussing installing security cameras, but how many cameras are enough for covering the large beaches?" a senior official of the local fisheries cooperative said.

Abalones, called a bonus for fishermen, are an important source of income for fisheries operators in the Sanriku coastal area of the Tohoku northeastern region.

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