It has been a man’s job to catch fishes. The fishing grounds are off the coast of the Osaki peninsula, Ishima island, Konokojima island, Hirado island and the Goto islands.
Since the Edo period (1600-1868), various fishing methods have been introduced from different parts of Japan.
Kashiami, one of the oldest methods, is still used for spiny lobster fishing.
There was an era when all households had their own boats. Though now Kuroshima port, Furusato port, Nakiri port and Kushinohama port are designated as fishing port, most fishing boats are using Kuroshima port.
The improvement project for Kushinohama port of Meze is also going on.
Blessed with the East China Sea’s continental shelf, the rapid tide of Tsushima Current and the complex geographical feature that sends the forest nutrients to the sea, the Kujyukushima island sea is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world.
Especially, Kuroshima’s sea urchin, abalone and spiny lobster are very popular. Various seasonal fishes such as yellowtail, sea bream, sardine, horse mackerel, black sea bream, and mackerel are attracting many anglers, too.
Isonokuchiake (Limited Fishing Season)
The catching period, day, and time for sea urchin, shell fishes and Hiziki seagrass are fixed (mid April to early July) and red flags raised on boats and wooden buckets can be seen when they are diving.
A day of removing poisonous black long spine urchins and an all-hand shore clean-up are important annual island events, too.
|Single-hook Fishing:||Horse Mackerel, Yellowtail, Yellowtail Amberjack, Sea Bream, Sea Bass, Snapper, Lizard Fish, Striped Pigfish, Squid, Amberjack|
|Longline Fishing:||Sea Bream, Longtooth Grouper, Rock Fish, Amberjack|
|Fixed Net:||Spiny Lobster, Brown Guitarfish, Shark, Longtooth Grouper, Filefish, Amberjack|
|Diving:||Sea urchin, abalone, sea cucumber, Ara Akakura|
|Circular Moored Net:||Sardine, Post Larvae|
|Basket Trap:||Spiny Lobster, Octopus, Rock Fish, Filefish|