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Australia : Australian aquaculture helps Japan s tsunami recovery.

Japan s tsunami-devastated oyster industry is looking to Australian technology and expertise for renewal, with a delegation visiting Tasmania this week.

Interest in Australian methods is increasing across Japan, especially in the region of Tohoku, where the 2011 tsunami destroyed 98 per cent of oyster infrastructure.

The delegation, made up of 12 Japanese oyster farmers and industry representatives, will visit farms and production facilities between 16-19 June.

The visit follows a series of Austrade seminars earlier this year with two Australian companies, SED Shellfish Equipment and SEAPA, showcasing Australian methods in Tohoku, Tokyo and Hiroshima.

Austrade Trade Commissioner in Tokyo, Sally Phillips, said the sessions were attended by hundreds of people and widely reported in local media, reflecting Australia s status as a world leader in the field.

'Oysters and shellfish are highly prized in Japan so this is an important industry,' Ms Phillips said.

'There is growing demand for new solutions, both to rebuild after the tsunami and to modernise generally, creating a path towards longer-term growth and viability for the Japanese industry. Trials of Australian methods have now commenced in some key production areas.'

Austrade organised the Tasmanian visit in collaboration with the Tasmanian State Government, Shellfish Culture, SED Shellfish Equipment, SEAPA and a number of Tasmanian oyster farmers.

It reflects the growing reputation of Australian technologies throughout Japan s aquaculture industry and will help facilitate the exchange between the two countries.

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