Rebuilding Fishing Communities in Japan

by Peace Winds America Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


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.

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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.

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.


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Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Jon Ehrenfeld
Seattle, WA United States

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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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