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Learning for the first time what’s happening in the local sea Osaka Prefecture Sakai Municipal Higashifukai Elementary School “Rikuyo Project 2022” Okadaura fishing port tour
December 6, 2022 (Tuesday) Okadaura fishing port
In parallel with the land-based aquaculture experience, the “Land Farming” Project Executive Committee is developing special classes to learn about the familiar sea, the creatures that live there, and the entire environment and ecosystem connected to the sea. On Sunday (Tuesday), we visited Okadaura fishing port.
He also talked about the changes occurring in Osaka Bay, efforts to address them, and the “conger eel farming” that is being carried out at the fishing port. , I listened seriously, trying to overlap with what I felt through the aquaculture that I usually work on at school. This project aims to have people learn about the value of marine resources, the problems of the sea in the region where they live, and the importance of life through the experience of land-based
aquaculture. It is implemented at 6 elementary schools in 6 regions of Toyama Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, and Aichi Prefecture.
This event is part of the “Nippon Foundation ‘Sea and Japan Project'” that connects people through the sea in order to pass on the rich and beautiful sea to the next generation.
・Overview: “Rikuyo Project 2022” Okadaura fishing port tour
・ Schedule: December 6, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00-12:00
・Venue: Okadaura fishing port
・Number of participants: 123
Changes in Osaka Bay and efforts by fishing ports
First, Mr. Azuma, an employee of Okadaura fishing port, talked about recent changes in the sea and the efforts of the fishing port. Okadaura was originally a very good environment for fish because there were many natural sandy beaches and a lot of seaweed. However, due to recent global warming and environmental changes, sandy beaches have decreased. The number of fish that live there is also decreasing. Under such circumstances, fishermen are making various efforts to protect the sea, such as not catching small fish and cultivating the bottom of the sea to circulate the accumulated nutrients. Furthermore, since the amount of conger eels that used to be abundant in the past has been decreasing year by year, land-based conger eel farming has been started several years ago. When the children asked questions such as what they were careful about in farming and how they felt when shipping the fish, Ms. Azuma politely answered them based on her own experience. You explained. The children also made sure to take notes so that they could use it in their own aquaculture.
I want you to see our own aquaculture!
After the tour, they made an interim presentation on aquaculture to Mr. Higashi, using materials summarizing the current state of their aquaculture, what they were careful about, and what they didn’t understand. Ms. Azuma seemed surprised that even though she was an elementary school student, she was able to manage things properly. After finishing all the steps, we all have lunch together while looking at the sea! There were a certain number of children who do not usually come to the sea, so it was a valuable opportunity to come in contact with the sea and think about the sea.
Organization name: “Rikuyo” Project Executive Committee
Activities: To provide opportunities for children to think about the future of the ocean by having them learn about the importance of marine resources, the importance of life, and the problems of the ocean in the area where they live, through land-based aquaculture. I am active.
In April 2018, the land nutrition project executive committee was established. So far, land cultivation projects have been implemented at 23 elementary schools in 10 regions across Japan (Aomori, Chiba, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Saitama, Tochigi, Toyama, Nagano, Ehime, and Nagasaki). While collaborating with companies and experts in the project area, each school came to a conclusion about what to do with the raised flounder at the end of the project, while learning about local sea-related issues and fish ecology.
*Co-sponsored by the project
Organization name: NPO Japan Aquaculture Promotion Association URL: https://npojco.org/home/
Activities: With the aim of conveying the splendor of Japan’s proud “aquaculture technology using artificial seedlings” to the children who will carry the future of Japan on their shoulders, we will develop human resources who will be responsible for the future of Japan’s fisheries and those human resources. Our ultimate goal is to revitalize and promote employment in rural areas where we can thrive. [Image 6
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