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A fish haul was landed Tuesday at Kesennuma port in Miyagi Prefecture for the first time since it was devastated by the quake and tsunami in March, marking key progress in rebuilding the fishing-dependent city.

A 336-ton trawler based in Shizuoka Prefecture entered the port around 5:30 a.m. carrying some 35 tons of bonito, the city’s main fish for the season, taken off the coast of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture.

A medium-size bonito fetched a bid price of more than ¥500 a kilogram at auction, which a local fishery association said was a high price.

Port operators expect to get 50 tons of fish a day for the time being and hope for 300 tons as hauls get larger in the coming months. In normal times, the port receives a harvest of more than 1,000 tons a day in the peak season.

Kesennuma is one of the biggest bonito ports in Japan.

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