Fukushima fisheries co-ops to discuss resumption of full fishing operation

25 September 2019

The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations is set to, under a recent policy, promote discussions on issues including conditions for the full resumption of fishing operations. The policy was confirmed during a gathering of the Fukushima Prefecture Regional Fishery Recovery Council held at the Chuodai community center in Iwaki city.

The council judged it necessary to make preparations for full operations given that the central government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters lifted shipment ban on three species – "kasago" marbled rockfish, "sakuramasu" cherry salmon and "murasoi" spotbelly rockfish -- in late August, leaving only two species – "komonkasube" ocellate spot skate and "binosugai" quahog hard clam -- subject to the restriction. The federation will discuss such issues as conditions for resumption.

Tetsu Nozaki, head of the federation, said, "We would like to discuss the issues cautiously, listening to the opinions of people including local fishermen."

(Translated by Kyodo News)