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Houdison Started demonstration experiment for seaweed bed regeneration with Ama Town, Shimane Prefecture. Business partnership with AMA Holdings, which is working on town development in Ama Town, to increase marine resources

[Houdison] Started demonstration experiment for seaweed bed
regeneration with Ama Town, Shimane Prefecture. Business partnership with AMA Holdings, which is working on town development in Ama Town, to increase marine resources

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Press release: May 14, 2024
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Started demonstration experiment for seaweed bed restoration with Ama Town, Shimane Prefecture. Business partnership with AMA Holdings, which is working on town development in Ama Town, to increase marine resources
*Using the patented artificial reef “Reef Ball Algae Reef” to protect the “blue carbon ecosystem” as a carbon sink by eliminating rocky shores*
Foodison Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director and CEO: Toru Yamamoto, Stock Code: 7114, hereinafter referred to as the “Company”), whose vision is “Bringing a new cycle to fresh food distribution,” is a joint venture with AMA Holdings (Ama Town). We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a business partnership on May 13, 2024. Through this business partnership, the “Shin Blue Ocean Project” (hereinafter referred to as “this
demonstration experiment”) will be a demonstration experiment aimed at regenerating seaweed beds in Ama Town, where marine resources are decreasing due to ocean denudation, starting June 1, 2024. We will start from. We aim to eliminate rocky shores, protect carbon dioxide sinks, blue carbon ecosystems (mangrove forests, wetlands, tidal flats, seagrass beds, and seaweed beds), and increase marine resources.

Seaweed bed restoration is attracting worldwide attention as a new option for carbon sink measures
In recent years, due to a variety of factors such as rising seawater temperatures due to global warming and feeding damage, rock formations and ocean desertification, where the ocean floor is covered with calcareous algae, are expanding nationwide. Rocky shores and ocean desertification are considered to be one of the causes of a decline in fisheries resources, and in the sea near Ama Town, seaweed beds are disappearing due to rising seawater temperatures and the occurrence of sea urchins (a type of sea urchin), and fisheries resources continue to decline. I am.

In addition, the government has declared that it aims to become “carbon neutral” by reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming to zero by 2050, and companies are also required to take steps towards this goal. I am.

Under these circumstances, seaweed bed restoration is attracting attention because it is expected to help eliminate ocean
desertification and ocean desertification, as well as absorb carbon dioxide. In addition, the carbon dioxide absorption effect of seaweed beds is called “blue carbon,” and blue carbon ecosystems are attracting worldwide attention as a new option for carbon sink measures.

Ministry of the Environment HP: About blue carbon
https://www.env.go.jp/earth/ondanka/blue-carbon-jp.html

A new cycle that includes the environment in the ocean. If it is expected to be effective, it can be rolled out nationwide.
With the vision of “a new circulation in fresh food distribution,” our company operates the distribution functions of “Uo Pochi,” a fresh products e-commerce site exclusively for restaurants, and “Sakanabakka”, a fresh fish store for individuals, and “Food Human Resources Bank,” a human resources recruitment service specializing in food. ” has grown based on both support functions. Nowadays, as marine resources continue to decline due to environmental changes, we feel the need to create a new cycle that includes the ocean
environment. If this demonstration experiment is expected to eliminate rocky shores and ocean desertification and absorb carbon dioxide, we would like to expand it nationwide and aim to improve the
sustainability of marine resources in a broader range. I am. Utilizing the patented artificial reef “Reef Ball Algae Reef” In this demonstration experiment, Asahi Tech Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Representative Director: Osamu Ikeda, hereinafter referred to as “Asahi Tech”) will use “Reef Ball Algae Reef,” the only artificial reef manufactured in Japan, to We aim to revitalize the place.

Reef balls are concrete blocks with holes in them, and when they are sunk into the ocean floor, they are fixed in place without being washed away by waves, and are used around the world to prevent coastal erosion on sandy beaches and as a base for coral reef restoration. Asahi Tech has made improvements to reef balls developed in the United States, such as incorporating iron fulvic acid, and evolved them into “Reef Ball Algae Reef”, which is ideal for regenerating seaweed beds in Japan.In 2023, Asahi Tech received an international patent. is being obtained.

About Asahi Tech Co., Ltd.: https://asahitech.jimdosite.com/ What is iron fulvic acid: https://marihabi.com/ironfulvicacid

*About the demonstration experiment*
Period June 1, 2024 (Sat) – May 30, 2025 (Fri)
Schedule June to September Seed selection → October Reef ball underwater installation → October to next May monitoring

About Ama Town
http://www.town.ama.shimane.jp/index.html
Ama Town, Nakanoshima, is one of the Oki Islands, located
approximately 60 km off the coast of the Shimane Peninsula in the Sea of ​​Japan. A small island with 1 island and 1 town (area: 33.46 km squared)
, circumference 89.1km). This project is part of the “Project to Create Vital Jobs Unique to Ama Town,” which was adopted in the Cabinet Office’s regional revitalization plan. Beyond improving the sea environment through seaweed bed restoration, Ama Town also has a goal of creating new jobs within Ama Town.

Ama Town “Shin Blue Ocean Project” members
AMA Holdings Co., Ltd.
[Role of this project] Project entity / On-site maintenance operation / Equipment management / Budget order management, etc.
https://amaholdings.co.jp/
AMA Holdings Co., Ltd. was established with Mayor Ama as the representative director in order to facilitate faster decision-making and stronger collaboration among tourism, education, industry, and government. As an organization responsible for the “aggressive” policy of Ama Town, our main businesses are currently hometown tax donation projects and future investment projects in order to earn foreign currency and give back to the town.

Marine Habitat Iki General Incorporated Association
[Role of this project] Providing Asahi Tec’s Reef Ball algae reef https://marihabi.com/about
Marine Habitat Iki, a general incorporated association, uses Asahi Tec’s Reef Balls to carry out SDGs activities such as eliminating ocean desertification and regenerating marine resources. We also provide marine education to junior high school students who visit Iki on school trips, and are working to convey to the next generation the current situation where seaweed is disappearing from the sea.

MizLinx Co., Ltd.
[Role of this project] Provision of underwater IoT technology ocean observation system “MizLinx Monitor”
https://mizlinx.com/
MizLinx is an ocean observation startup founded in August 2021. To address risks such as red tide, typhoons, and fish diseases that have been difficult for aquaculture farmers to deal with, MizLinx has developed an ocean observation system called MizLinx.
By measuring and analyzing marine environmental information and undersea monitoring, “Monitor” makes it possible to predict natural disasters, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and take countermeasures.

Houdison Co., Ltd.
[Role of this project] Project sponsorship and planning
Toru Yamamoto, who quit the medical and nursing care company where he was a founding member and went public, heard a story from a Sanriku saury fisherman who said, “I can’t even earn money for gas for the boat,” and “I don’t want my son to inherit the fishing business.” After experiencing this, I became aware of the issues surrounding the fishing industry, and established our company in April 2013. With the vision of “a new cycle in fresh food distribution”, we operate the fresh products e-commerce service “Uo Pochi” exclusively for restaurants, “Sakanabakka”, a fresh fish store for individuals, and “Food Talent Bank”, a recruitment service specializing in food. Masu. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Growth Market in December 2022.

Comments from Toru Yamamoto, Representative Director and CEO Until now, I have been involved in the distribution business, working in the world after fish are landed from the sea. Whenever I visit fishing villages around the country, I hear from local people that seaweed beds along coastlines are disappearing and changes in the marine environment are affecting fish catches. However, it has been difficult to be directly involved in these issues, and the current situation has not been able to fully address the deterioration of the marine environment.

First, I visited Tsushima to learn about the current state of the ocean, and witnessed the actual conditions of rocky shores and ocean desertification. During that time, I was able to connect with Professor Emeritus Matsunaga of Hokkaido University, my alma mater, through a book about isoyake, and he introduced me to Asahi Tech President Ikeda, who was demonstrating the manufacturing technology for “Reef Ball Algae”, and I met him. visited companies.

Furthermore, in discussions with Ama Town, with which we have had a long-standing relationship, a plan was launched to conduct a demonstration experiment to restore seaweed beds using “reef ball seaweed reefs” in the waters near Ama Town. Guided by various encounters, Houdison also started working in the context of
environmental conservation.

First, we will collect data and increase our level of understanding while implementing the initiatives in Ama Town.
In the long term, blue carbon, which stores carbon in marine and brackish ecosystems, will attract attention as we move toward carbon neutrality by 2050, and new business opportunities may emerge. We are a platform business that creates a new circulation in fresh food distribution, and we are excited to think that we can create a circulation that includes the environment in the ocean.

Houdison Co., Ltd. Company Profile
URL: https://foodison.jp/
Representative: Representative Director and CEO Yamamoto
Address: 5th floor, Ken Media Building, 3-3-7 Kachidoki, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0054 Established: April 1, 2013
Business details: Operation of food e-commerce service “Uo Pochi” for restaurants, fresh fish select shop “sakana” for individuals bacca” and the “Food Human Resources Bank”, a human resources recruitment service for food businesses.
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