At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of arsa seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of <em>arsa</em> seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

On January 27 in Misaki, Kitanakagusuku, arsa seaweed farms prepare for the upcoming harvest season. (Photograph taken by Kaori Tamaki)


January 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misaki in Kitanakagusuku, arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed is extending its beautiful green carpet to the beach where seaweed farms are located. In February, it will be the full harvest season for the seaweed, now not far away from being available to eat with fresh seafood. The Okinawa Prefectural Government has certified Kitanakagusuku Village as a site for the seaweed production. On January 27, many people worked hard doing tasks such as adjusting the nets to get ready for harvesting.

Looking at how the seaweed is growing, as he worked, 73 year-old Seisho Tanahara said, “The growth of the arsa is slower than usual because of poor sunshine this year, but its quality is good.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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