Building Work Space for Fishing Families in Japan

Oct 9, 2012

Fishing Sheds Help Families Regain Livelihoods

Yutaka Satoh shows octopus trap in front of shed
Yutaka Satoh shows octopus trap in front of shed

Minamisanriku fishing families work out of two locations:  their boat and their fishing shed.  The March 2011 tsunami destroyed the homes, boats, and sheds of numerous families.  While many have now secured access to a boat, most families still lack a fishing shed.  With your support Peace Winds America is building work and storage sheds for 40 fishing families that lost their homes and sheds in the March 2011 tsunami.  

Yutaka Satoh and his wife, like many Minamisanriku fishing families, live in a small temporary housing unit several kilometers from the seashore.  The tsunami destroyed the Satoh’s home and shed, leaving only the concrete foundations.  PWA built a fishing shed for the Satoh family in August 2012.  During a visit in September, PWA found the Satohs mending salmon nets, seeding wakame seaweed ropes, and repairing octopus traps.  According to Yutaka Satoh, preparation is the key to successful fall and winter fishing seasons, and to regaining his livelihood.  The fishing shed provides the work and storage space he needs to succeed. 

With your support, PWA and partners are building 40 fishing sheds in five Minamisanriku districts.  Already other Minamisanriku districts are taking notice, asking when PWA will expand the shed building program to their district.  PWA hopes to build sheds throughout Minaminsanriku, and help restore the livelihoods of fishing families like the Satohs.  

Yutaka Satoh
Yutaka Satoh's former home destroyed in tsunami
Carpenter Takeshi Shimonishi inspects fishing shed
Carpenter Takeshi Shimonishi inspects fishing shed



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Jon Ehrenfeld

Seattle, Washington United States

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Map of Building Work Space for Fishing Families in Japan