Sea and Japan Project Public Relations Office
Hakata Bay Guard! [DAY 3] Problems with neglected bamboo forests, making bamboo fishing reefs, planting eelgrass to regenerate seaweed beds, and selling products filled with children’s thoughts for a rich future sea!
Saturday, October 15, 2022 [Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka]
On October 15, 2022 (Saturday), the Umi to Nihon Project in Fukuoka Executive Committee will invite 23 elementary school students from Fukuoka Prefecture to learn about and experience the ocean, fostering children’s independence and sociability, and fostering children’s perspectives. As part of the activities of the event “Hakata Bay Mamoritai!”
This event is part of the “Nippon Foundation ‘Sea and Japan Project'” that connects people through the sea in order to hand over the sea to the next generation.
・Overview: On DAY 1 and DAY 2, children created a bamboo fishing reef for fish, submerged it in the sea, and planted eelgrass to enrich the seaweed bed. On DAY2, we actually snorkeled and observed what kind of changes there were in the sea. Imagining the sea of the future 100 years from now, what the children learned at the two-day event was turned into illustrations and letters, and became a product package for Yamaue Co., Ltd. On DAY3, children will experience selling the product.
・Schedule: October 15th (Sat) [DAY3]
・Venue: Momochihama, Sawara Ward, Fukuoka City
・Participants: 23 elementary school students from Fukuoka Prefecture ・Cooperating organizations: Fukuoka FUN, Yamaue Co., Ltd.
Educating visitors about the effects of bamboo fishing reefs and eelgrass In the DAY 1 event, about the connection between mountains, rivers, and the sea, the number of abandoned bamboo forests, which are increasing year by year, has become a problem in Fukuoka Prefecture. end up I also learned that mountains cannot store nutrients because their roots are shallow and difficult to retain water. In order to create a “fishing reef” that is a habitat for small fish with such bamboo, and to create a “eelgrass bed” that calms the water flow and serves as a spawning place and a bed for small fish, I took on the challenge of making seedlings. On DAY2, we all went snorkeling to see what kind of changes occurred in the bamboo reef and eelgrass beds. During the two weeks, algae adhered to the bamboo reef, and many small fish were observed.
On DAY3, we created a board about what kind of event was held for each visitor and enlightened what we learned.
Experience selling Yamaue products with children’s drawings
This time, there are four types of Yamaue Co., Ltd. products that use children’s drawings. Red sea bream chazuke base, red sea bream rice base, red sea bream furikake, and oyster rice base. Children’s illustrations and messages are drawn not only on the cover but also on the inside. We actually had a sales experience such as exchanging money and handing over products.
Summary of learning
Each person presented what they had learned through the three-day event. We heard many voices from the participants, such as when they saw many fish gathering on the bamboo reef they made themselves, they didn’t want to pollute the sea and wanted to pick up garbage. [Image 4
Organization name: Sea and Japan Project in Fukuoka Executive Committee URL: https://fukuoka.uminohi.jp/
Activities: Fukuoka Prefecture faces three seas: the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Ariake, and the Seto Inland Sea. Through traditions, food, and events, we will learn more about the seas of Fukuoka, think about the seas, and work to connect with the seas of the world. [Image 5
The Nippon Foundation “Sea and Japan Project”
The sea supports the lives of Japanese people in various ways, and sometimes gives us peace of mind, excitement, and inspiration. This is an all-Japan project in which children and people all over the country see the current state of environmental deterioration in the sea as something that belongs to them, and spread the circle of action to pass on the sea to the future. is.
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