The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Kaneko confirmed 168 fishing boat engine troubles nationwide in connection with the fact that pumice stones from the eruption of a submarine volcano in the Ogasawara Islands have been confirmed in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures as well as in the Kanto region. We have clarified the situation of damage related to fisheries.

Pumice stones from the eruption of submarine volcanoes in the Ogasawara Islands are washed ashore one after another at ports and coasts around the world.

In connection with this, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Kaneko said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 30th that pumice stones have been washed ashore in 91 fishing ports such as Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures regarding damage related to fisheries nationwide, of which 7 He explained that he is still working on the removal work and preparing for the removal work.

Regarding the impact on fishing vessels, engine trouble was confirmed in 168 vessels, and 49 of them were damaged in need of repair, and some of them were unable to navigate.

On that basis, Minister Kaneko said, "We will continue to pay close attention to the trends of pumice stones and their impact on fishing activities, and will strive for prompt recovery and support."