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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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A Tapes species of clam bagged for sale at the Shiogama seafood market in Japan.
2002
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Freshly caught Tuna being sorted and marked for shipment to Japanese seafood markets.
2002
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Venders displaying their products at the Shiogama seafood market.
2002
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A jar of cultured soft-shell turtle eggsmarked by harvest lot at a Japanese turtle farm.
2002
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Bamboo raft culture of oysters with net strung between stakes for algae culture. Matsushima Bay, Japan
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Rope used in oysters culture on a dock in Japan. Note some of the scallop shells that had been used for spat settlement.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Long-line raft culture using bamboo stakes in a bay in Japan.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Distant view of long-line stake culture using bamboo stakes in a bay in Japan.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Rows of bamboo stakes cross the bay holding ropes with oysters growing on them.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Bamboo stake culture of oysters is done close to shore at this Japanese bay.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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View of Japanese oyster culture system. Scallop shells on rope are used for spat settlement at this Japanese farm.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Close-up view of Japanese oyster culture on scallop shells attached to ropes held on bamboo stakes. Bay is at low tide.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Long-line oyster culture with larger oysters on the front lines and juvenile spat on scallop shells in the background.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Scallop shells hanging on long-lines with oyster spat attached (small white spots).
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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View of long-line oyster culture at low tide in Matsushima Bay, Japan.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Algae mat for algae culture in between bamboo stakes used in long-line aquaculture of oysters.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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View of mat used for algae culture between oyster culture beds at low tide with mat exposed.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Half-shell oysters showing good size from an aquaculture farm in Japan.
Matsushima Bay, Japan 2002
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Cultured black Mikimoto pearl at Pearl Island, Japan. Amount in Yen was worth $3,34.00 U.S. dollars in summer of 2003
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Cultured white Mikimoto pearl at Pearl Island, Japan Amount in Yen was workth $12,707.17 U.S. in summer of 2003
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Giant figure of a pearl with shell outside the Pearl Island store in Japan.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Display unit showing the parts of a black-lipped oyster with pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Machine that shapes the cultured pearl to make it rounder.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Chart indicating various methods for refining cultured pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Technician demonstrating the process of pearl removal from a cultured pearl.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Black- lipOysters which have been retrieved from a pearl farm for pearl harvest.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Petri dishes with various sizes and types of oysters from pearl culture.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Board with dents used to size and sort pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Hand tools used for removing, grading and sizing cultured pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Hanging nets with pearl oysters used in culture in Japan.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Types of hanging nets used in pearl culture in Japan.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Display of handtools and sorting machine used in pearl culture in Japan at Toba Pearl Island where the first pearl culture in the world was developed here by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Close-up photo of large cultured pearl still in oyster shell.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Ama woman dives into the sea for the cultured pearls at Toba Pearl Island. Other more efficient methods are now used in Japan for retrieving pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Ama woman dives into the sea for the cultured pearls at Toba Pearl Island. Other more efficient methods are now used in Japan for retrieving pearls.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Ama woman demonstrates how pearl oysters are carried back to the boat.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Uni-directional drill used for drilling holes in cultured pearls for stringing.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Machine used for holding a cultured pearl in preparation for jewelry making.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Equipment for measuring pearls. Japan uses a unique unit of measure which has stood the test of time. A pearl is sized in metrics but the necklace is measured in inches.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Metal tips used in holding a cultured pearl when making jewelry.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Examples of various sized sieves used in screening pearls for sizing and sorting
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Examples of nulon, tettron, and silk threads used in the stringing of pearls. Needles for stringing are on the left.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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The slotted board used for stringing cultured pearls and measuring the length of the necklace or bracelet.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Strings of cultured pearls ready for export outside of Japan.
Toba Pearl Island, Japan 2000
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Depuration process for food oysters used in Japanese oyster processing plant. Sato Oyster Culture Company Oysters need only 12 to 24 hours for depuration with this process.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000
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Depuration process for food oysters used in Japanese oyster processing plant. Sato Oyster Culture Company Oysters need only 12 to 24 hours for depuration with this process.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000
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Depuration process for food oysters used in Japanese oyster processing plant. Oyster washing machine.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000
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Depuration process for food oysters used in Japanese oyster processing plant. Oyster washing machine.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000
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Cultured scallops at the Sato Oyster Culture Company. Scallops are selectively cultured for their color.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000
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Samples of cultured Crassostrea gigas showing excetional quality. Matoya oysters are prized for live sales and raw half shell consumption.
Matoya Bay, Japan 2000

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