Revitalize the Fishing Industry in Northeast Japan

by Peace Winds America
Oct 31, 2012

Regaining livelihoods and hope in Minamisanriku

Udatsu Fishing Cooperative employees in new office
Udatsu Fishing Cooperative employees in new office

It is easy to see progress at the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative in Minamisanriku.  Several months after the tsunami, the Cooperative built a small office to restore its operations.  Peace Winds was there to provide office equipment that the Cooperative could not afford.  From this small building the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative has led recovery efforts for its 400 members in northern Minamisanriku. 

In June 2012 the Cooperative expanded its building.  Again Peace Winds was there to outfit the new space with computers and a high-speed printer. Cooperative President Chiba-san expects the printer to reduce outsourced printing costs by 70 percent, saving the Cooperative nearly $400 every month. The equipment will enable the Cooperative to better communicate with members through newsletters and email alerts.      

With your support we are making a difference in the northeast Japan.

Progress is also apparent for Udatsu Fishing Cooperative members, who had a successful wakame seaweed harvest in the 2012 spring.  Peace Winds provided seaweed processing equipment.  Now the fishing families are preparing for the fall/winter 2012 abalone season.  Peace Winds is again delivering the necessary equipment - rods, hooks, abalone locators, and specialized paddles - for the first abalone harvest since the tsunami.

Peace Winds continues to work with the Udatsu Fishing Cooperative and its 400 members to accelerate economic recovery.  You can help!  From November 1 to 15, 2012, Global Giving will match 100% donations to the Revitalize the Fishing Industry in Northeast Japan project page.

Please spread the word about this great matching opportunity to your family and friends.  Together we can help even more fishing families and communities regain their livelihoods.

Thank you for supporting disaster recovery in Japan!

The Udatsu Cooperative expanded in June 2012.
The Udatsu Cooperative expanded in June 2012.
The Udatsu Cooperative office in October 2011
The Udatsu Cooperative office in October 2011

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Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Jon Ehrenfeld
Seattle, WA United States

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