The Japanese Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry has recently expanded its operation to teach modern sea fishing techniques to students from all countries.
GV & CU Misaki International Fisheries Training Centre
GV & CU Instructor giving lessons to students
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CU Students prepare boats for fishing trip (4 shots)
GV Boats on way to fishing grounds (3 shots)
GV & SV Students fishing (7 shots)
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Background: The Japanese Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry has recently expanded its operation to teach modern sea fishing techniques to students from all countries.
Early in August, the training centre at Misaki, 37 miles (60 kms) southwest of Tokyo, began training students from Latin America and Africa. They took their places in the unique schools with students from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sir Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, the Sudan, Turkey, Mexico, Peru Colombia, Ecuador and Burma.
The centre was established in 1961 by Japan's Overseas Technical Co-Operation Agency. It gives the students thorough practical experience in fishing techniques, classroom work, oceanology, marine chemistry, geography, meteorology, and fish industry economics.
SYNOPSIS: At the small costal fishing village of Misaki on Japan's south coast, the growing International Fisheries Training Centre has just increased its activities. The big school has just enlarged its operations to take in students from all over the world. They come here to learn subjects like oceanology, marine chemistry, geography, meteorology, and the latest sea fishing techniques.
After a thorough classroom briefing on the subject, the students are taken out for a more practical lesson, in some of the training school's own boats. The small five-tonners -- just right for the students' needs, are manned by the students under supervision by the instructors. After two months, they take the boats out alone.
The expansion of the school is seen as a vital move, for even with the current mercury pollution scare, coastal fishing is still one of Japan's biggest industries, and Japan is regarded as one of the world's greatest authorities on fishing methods. At the moment, there are nineteen students in training.
With a world-wide increased demand for a fish, the role of the sea-fishing school grows more important every day. The students who've enrolled in its aren't just from southeast Asia. They've come from India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, the Sudan, Turkey, Mexico Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Burma. There's nothing about fishing the students aren't taught at the school, and after the long hours in the classroom, they get every chance they need to learn some of the hard, often frustrating realities of the industry.