People enjoy digging clams at Henoko

People enjoy digging clams at Henoko

On April 27, locals enjoy digging clams at Henoko beach in Nago near Camp Schwab in the area to which the replacement facility for Futenma Air Station is to be constructed.

April 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 27, many people enjoyed digging clams at Henoko beach in Nago, near where the U.S. military plans to construct an alternative facility for Futenma Air Station. With an area of sea full of colorful coral in front of them, people questioned why part of these waters need to be filled in.

This was one of the few days of the year on which there is a large tidal variance, so about one kilometer of the reef connecting the Henoko shoreline with Nagashima was visible. People could walk out to see the coral and at low tide at 2:00pm there were many people who enjoyed doing this and fishing off the reef.

Seijun Higa, a 73-year-old resident of Henoko who visited the beach with his family, said, “Most of the coral died due to bleaching a dozen or so years ago, but it is starting to grow back quite nicely. But it’s not quite as large as it used to be. It could get worse if the base is constructed near here.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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