In coastal areas in the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, local fishermen are struggling to find countermeasures against poaching.

In 2016, four men were arrested after being caught red-handed by local Japan Coast Guard officers for poaching some 3,200 abalones in the Ogatsu district in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Local residents have moved to higher ground since the coastal city was hit by the tsunami, leaving the areas by the sea vulnerable to poaching due to decreased surveillance.

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