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Fisheries in Iwaki after the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear accident: lessons for coastal management under conditions of high uncertainty?

Mabon, Leslie; Kawabe, Midori

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Leslie Mabon

Midori Kawabe



Abstract

This article evaluates factors driving perception of risk and uncertainty in fisheries in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, following the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear accident. Particular attention is paid to lessons that may be learned for managing uncertainties and risks in coastal management more generally. The 2011 accident has had profound effects on Fukushima fisheries. Commercial coastal fisheries have been stopped since, and efforts to understand and monitor the effects of marine radioactive contamination on produce from the sea continue. Small-scale trial fisheries have, however, re-commenced with a view to gradually re-starting Fukushima fisheries over time. Drawing on in-depth interviews, discussion groups, and field observations from Iwaki and Fukushima Prefecture more widely, three factors are discussed: the role of trusted local-level points of contact; the value of transparent monitoring and screening that acknowledges remaining limitations and uncertainties; and the importance of taking seriously the cultural dimensions of rapid and potentially irreversible environmental change.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 31, 2015
Journal Coastal management
Print ISSN 0892-0753
Electronic ISSN 1521-0421
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 5
Pages 498-518
Institution Citation MABON, L. and KAWABE, M. 2015. Fisheries in Iwaki after the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear accident: lessons for coastal management under conditions of high uncertainty? Coastal management [online], 43(5), pages 498-518. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2015.1051425
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2015.1051425
Keywords Coastal fisheries; Environmental governance; Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear accident; Risk communication; Stakeholder engagement

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