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After the wave: Fishermen catch debris instead of seafood off Japan's coast

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A sea of fishing floats are piled high next to Hadenya fishing port in Minamisanriku, Japan, Friday, June 17, 2011. Shizugawa Bay is in the background.

The fishermen in the port town of Minamisanriku, Japan, lost 85 percent of its fleet as well as their port, fish market and processing plant in the March 11 tsunami. Yet they are working hard to return to sea for the octopus season next month.

With the fishing industry in ruins after Japan's tsunami, a third generation Minamisanriku fisherman Takumi Oyama is using his boat to pull debris out of the ocean instead of fish.

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During their last day of reporting in Japan, the msnbc.com team joined fishermen on the boat Tokuhomaru as they worked to collect debris that was swept out to sea by the giant wave. Their "catch" includes roofs, cars, nets and ropes. Hear the fishermen tell their stories in the video above.

Read more about the future of the town's economy and fishing industry in a WorldBlog post by Miranda Leitsinger.

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Fisherman Masakazu Miura keeps a sharp eye out for floating debris off the coast of Minamisanriku, Japan, Friday, June 17, 2011.