Partial out-of-court bargaining offered for US military-related damage to fishing

March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tuna fishermen in Okinawa experienced several incidents in which their long-line fishing nets were repeatedly cut by unknown causes in 2014. The US military’s ocean surveillance ship Impeccable was called into question. It became known that a Danish private maritime shipping company contracted by the US naval force offered to compensate a part of the cost caused by the damages to the fishing equipment on March 17. The prefectural fisheries cooperative association, who are representing the fishermen in a compensation claim, will discuss with the fishermen who sustained the damage in order to decide further plans.

The Danish shipping company offered to pay 80 per cent of the cost for the damaged equipment, approximately 3,620,000 yen. However, the exact cause of the damage has not been announced due to “confidential corporate information.” And compensation for fishing suspended due to the damage to the equipment has not been approved due to a lack of evidence.

The prefectural fisheries cooperative has demanded 4,520,000 yen for property-related recompense, such as fishing equipment, as well as 7,110,000 yen for compensation for suspended fishing. A total 11,640,000 yen has been demanded.

The chairman of the fisheries cooperative, Kameichi Uehara, commented, “There have been splits in opinions among the fishermen who received the damages. We would like to discuss with them by end of this month to decide what is to be done further.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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