The March 11 tsunami brought destructive damage to aquafarming facilities in the Sanriku district in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
Before the disaster, the district was active in aquaculture of such products as oysters, “hotate” scallops and “wakame” seaweed as well as abalone which is an expensive ingredient in Chinese cuisine.
The tsunami hit wakame growers in particular because it struck just one day after the start of harvesting.
While some people in the aquafarming industry in the district are resolved to restart their business, there are concerns about how much time and money it will take before they see harvests again.
The tsunami destroyed fishing harbors, houses and marine food-processing and aquafarming facilities.