The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Blue Support Iwate

Removal and cleaning of underwater debris

Activity grant

Project Description

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake the amount of rubble on the land has decreased. Heavy machinery has removed large pieces of underwater rubble; however, a lot of the other rubble still remains submerged. Mostly within the boat harbors, scuba divers confirm the existence of rubble underwater. We then consider whether to bring up the rubble by hand or haul it up by rope of other means onto boats, then we bring the rubble up.

Marine resources/foodPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 year
October 2012 - September 2013
Grant amount
1,620,000 yen
Activity region
Iwate Prefecture sea coast, Japan
Bringing up underwater rubble from inside the harbor at Yamada-chou

Overview of the Organization

Wataru Aoki, Director
Wataru Aoki, Director
Establishment purpose
Carry out work mainly for the citizens of Iwate Prefecture that involves making the sea more fertile and protection the natural environment centering on the sea. Through diving skills and techniques, we aim to help educate young people through marine work, to return the sea to its resource-rich state prior to the Great East Japan Earthquake and enable its wealth to be passed on to future generations.
Regions of project activity
Iwate Prefecture coast
18 part-time staff members
Affiliated organizations
Yamada Town Office, Fudai Village Office, Fudai-mura Fishery Cooperative, branches of the Sanriku Yamada fishing cooperative
Main activities
  • (1) Activities to promote social education
  • (2) Activities to promote the creation of local communities
  • (3) Activities to promote tourism
  • (4) Activities to promote agricultural, mountain, valley or fishing villages
  • (5) Activities to promote academic, cultural, artistic or sports sectors
  • (6) Environmental protection
  • (7) Disaster relief activities
  • (8) Regional safety activities
  • (9) Activities aimed at the healthy development of children
  • (10) Work to stimulate economic activities
  • (11) Activities to protect consumers
  • (12) The administration of the groups who will carry out these activities, or contact, advice or assistance relating to these activities