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.
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.
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.
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