The preservation of the sea is crucial for the Nissui Group, whose business relies on its bounties. In order to sustainably utilize marine resources, efforts to maintain the health of the sea itself and to aid its recovery, as well as resource management, are essential. To this end, we are engaged in preservation activities that take a holistic approach to the “forest, river and sea.”
It all started with a lecture titled “What oysters taught me” given at Nissui’s head office in February 2011. The lecturer, Mr. Shigeatsu Hatakeyama who was operating an oyster farm in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, taught us about “Uotsukirin (fish-breeding forest),” a traditional idea of Japanese fishers, and how abundant forests are the ery source of abundant seas.
Since then, Nissui has been engaged in activities in various fields based on the concept of a coordinated preservation of the “forest, river and sea.”
Nissui has commenced preservation activities of “Tottori Kyosei-no-Mori (Tottori Co-existence Forest),” as part of its efforts to preserve “Osakana-wo-Hagukumu-Yusui-to-Umi-wo-Mamoru-Mori (the forest that protects spring water nurturing fish and the sea.)”
Tottori Prefecture is the home of the Nissui Group companies Yumigahama Suisan co., Ltd., which is engaged in the aquaculture and processing of Sakaiminato Salmon and Kyowa Suisan Co., Ltd., a fishery company. Nissui is preserving the 5,933 hectares of forest on Mt. Senjozan (Kotoura-cho, Yamagawa) where the fish farming-related facility of Yumigahama Suisan is located, as “The forest that protects spring water nurturing fish and the sea.”
On October 30, 2018, Tottori Prefecture, Kotoura-cho and Nissui entered into a forest preservation and management agreement and a signing ceremony was held at the Tottori Governor’s Mansion.
Additionally, on November 11, the first preservation activities were conducted, in which 325 trees including Japanese horse chestnuts and wild cherry trees were planted. 26 persons from Tottori Prefecture, Kotoura-cho and the Forestry Association and 54 persons from the Nissui Group participated in the activities.
“The Utsunuki Green Zone” is a “satoyama (village forests)” adjacent to the Nissui Tokyo Innovation Center, which was built in 2011. Despite being located in the Minamino, Hachioji City, an urban area, it is inhabited by fire flies and other living organisms, making it a veritable treasury trove of nature.
Every year since 2013, activities have been conducted, under the instruction of the “Utsunuki-Midori-no-Kai,” to preserve the natural environment in areas surrounding the business location and to promote co-existence with the regional community. The activities begin with a classroom lecture at the log house within the zone, in which participants learn about the connection between the “forest, river and sea,” as well as the flora and fauna of the "satoyama," which is followed by various tasks such as mowing the underbrush in the "satoyama.”
On June 23, 2018, the sixth time these activities were held, 42 employees and their families participated and engaged in activities such as making bamboo fences.
Nissui has been a supporting member of “Utsunuki-Midori-no-Kai” since fiscal 2015.