‘Girls Who Fish’ is going to Japan!

Yinji Li, TBTI Japan Coordinator & V2V Japan Country Coordinator, has been busy meeting with key stakeholders as part of the efforts to set up the ‘Girls Who Fish Japan’ program. The program is inspired by the Canadian ‘Girls Who Fish’ program, which has been successfully run by Fishing For Success, a non-profit organization from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador. Their year-round programming for youth, women, and immigrants encourages visitors to form their own bonds with Nature, through purposeful and practical experiences of fishing, gathering, gardening, etc. The non-profit places a great emphasis on the community, and youth to make decisions about their future, the way they want to live, and perhaps make a living.

The ’Girls Who Fish Japan’ program will be run through a collaboration of several organizations, institutions, projects, and networks, including Tokai University, V2V Japan, TBTI Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefectural Research Institute of Fishery and Ocean, Shizuoka City, Fishing For Success, and many others. The Mochimune* Branch of Shimizu Fisheries Cooperative Association has agreed to become a host organization for the program.

*Mochimune, an area well-known for its whitebait fishery, which accounts for 95% of the landed fish, is a small town with a population of 4501(2015) located at the southwestern edge of Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Other than whitebait, the types of fishing currently being operated in Mochimune are gill net fishing, bottom trawling, pole-and-line fishing (also serves as sport fishing on a boat), and skin-diving fishing from May to September for abalones and turban shells.

TBTI Japan ebook “In The Era of Big Change, p. 93

We look forward to this exciting step for Japan in raising awareness of youth and gender issues in fisheries!