【The Oma Town Tourism Association has decided to cancel the Oma Tuna Thanksgiving event for this year.】
Fishing regulations of Pacific Bluefin Tuna began on July 1st. Each country has been restricted in the amount of net fishing and coastal fishing allowed, so the coastal fishing industry has been placed in an unfavorable position. As a result, we are currently unsure to what extent Oma will be able to continue pole fishing and longline fishing operations, and we are unsure that we are able to save tuna for our annual Thanksgiving event.
Unfortunately, because of the current situation, the Oma Town Tourism Association has decided to cancel the Oma Tuna Thanksgiving event for this year which was scheduled to be held on October 7 and 8. Though Oma has held a Tuna Festival complete with a tuna disassembly show every year since 2001, we made the decision this far in advance in order to notify everyone as soon as possible and prevent further issues for people who have already made plans for the event. We apologize for any inconvenience, and ask for your understanding.
Oma is the tuna town, and our community is built from the pride we have in our fishermen’s culture. We ask that you continue to support the fishing industry, Oma Town, and the fishermen of Oma who spend their lives facing down tuna using fishing methods that are mindful of natural resources.