19 Juin 2016
June 17, 2016
People in Naraha Town, Fukushima Prefecture, have celebrated the reopening of a local salmon hatchery that was destroyed in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
About 80 fishermen and town officials attended a ceremony to mark the event near the Kido River on Friday.
The river was well known for salmon fishing, but its yield declined drastically after the disaster.
Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto said he will do all he can so that people who used to visit the river will come back and reinvigorate the town.
The hatchery was partially restored last year, but its temporary equipment could store only one-fourth the amount of salmon fry kept there before the disaster.
Officials say the equipment was fully restored in May and can now store about 10 million fry -- almost the same as before the disaster.