Projet Grand Maillet is named after the first new research vessel built for the International Coastal Research Center in Otsuchi since the disaster. The name of Otsuchi town means ‘big maillet’ in English and ‘grand maillet’ in French.

The Goals of Projet Grand Maillet

1. We will investigate the sea

What is going on in the sea since the earthquake in March 2011? And what will be the future? We install underwater monitoring equipment and combine observations from research vessels as well as diving operations. We will find the answers by making full use of the latest modern technologies and analytical methods.

2. We will elucidate the mechanisms of increasing fish production

Why are fish abundant in the waters of the Pacific coast of Tohoku? To learn the answer, we have to conduct multidisciplinary research with specialists in the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology. Our research will ascertain the basic mechanism of fish production in the surrounding areas of Otsuchi, which will help support the fishing industry of the local community.

3. Our research is related to the local community

The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the International Coastal Research Center of AORI in Otsuchi. We strongly hope to restore the Center as quickly as possible. We want to make our research findings beneficial and easily comprehensible to the town’s community. The Center will also offer a new public space for local people.

4. From all around Japan and all over the world to Otsuchi

AORI promotes the project by working with more than 160 researchers and graduate students from 16 universities and two Fisheries Technology Centers from all over Japan. Our aim is to restore the International Coastal Research Center as a base for international research that will host researchers from Japan and from all over the world.