Fears over radioactive water have prevented any trawlers setting sail in recent weeks but now offshore test-fishing has resumed in Japan’s nuclear-hit Fukushima region.
Amid ongoing concerns about contamination, there are strict limits on the species that can be caught and only areas more than 50 kilometres out to sea from the stricken power plant can be fished, at a depth of over 150 metres.
“We would like to share the city’s good fish with many consumers,” said one ship’s captain. “We are set to go forward no matter what rumours are being spread.”
With radiation amounts said to be negligible once fish disperse into the vast Pacific, Japan is hoping this mission will also send a positive sign further afield – now that Tokyo has successfully bid to host the 2020 Olympics.