Rebuilding Fishing Communities in Japan



The Tohoku economy in Northeast Japan depends on the local fishing industry, devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. Peace Winds is building fishing sheds for Minamisanriku families living in temporary housing and providing families with seasonal fishing equipment, which are critical to their business success. With your support Peace Winds is restoring livelihoods and accelerating economic recovery in Northeast Japan.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The March 2011 tsunami in Japan devastated the Tohoku regional fishing industry. Families lost homes, sheds, boats, and equipment. While some fishing families are returning to work, few can afford to rebuild work sheds which are vital to their business. Many families live in small temporary housing units, and need work space and equipment to adequately procure, process, and distribute seafood. Production remains well below pre-tsunami levels, leaving the fishing industry far from recovery.

How will this project solve this problem?

Fishing sheds are the "base of operations" where men, women, and children process fish and seaweed, repair equipment, and store supplies. By rebuilding sheds and providing operational support to fishing co-ops and working with them to provide seasonal fishing equipment such as rods, nets and paddles, this project is helping hundreds of families to return to work and restoring the livelihoods of fishing communities in Northeast Japan.

Potential Long Term Impact

The Tohoku region depends on the recovery of the fishing industry. Through support to fishing families and cooperatives, PWA is restoring livelihoods and revitalizing local economies.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $0

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $0 .  The original project funding goal was $35,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Jon Ehrenfeld

Seattle, WA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Rebuilding Fishing Communities in Japan
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