Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa launches “Seragaki Island Kumanomi Development Project” under the supervision of OIST, a world-class research and education institution | Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa Press Release

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

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◆ What is “Seragaki Island / Clark’s Anemone Development Project”?
This project is supported by Okinawa Prefecture’s “Okinawa Tourism Content Development Support Project” with the aim of creating a sustainable tourism system while nurturing and preserving bear flies around Seragaki Island. To promote. Clark’s anemone breeding is carefully carried out under the supervision of Professor Timothy Rabashi, who studies ocean climate change at OIST.

From June 2021, at OIST’s coastal research facility “OIST Marine Science Station”, the hatching and breeding of anemone anemones began in the aquarium of the facility with the cooperation of the Marine Climate Change Unit. After that, from the end of October to November 2021, we plan to release the grown anemone fry to the anemone breeding area around Seragaki Island and follow up for restoration to the ocean. The anemone breeding area is set after investigating the growth of wild anemones and the marine environment.

Professor Labashi and members of the Ocean Climate Change Unit in front of the OIST Marine Science StationProfessor Labashi and members of the Ocean Climate Change Unit in front of the OIST Marine Science Station

Clownfish raised in OIST Marine Science StationClownfish raised in OIST Marine Science Station

This project will be carried out with the utmost care so as not to disturb the natural ecosystem. Before the release of anemone anemone, the DNA of wild anemone in the surrounding waters, the parent fish anemone anemone used for breeding, and the fry of anemone anemone released will be collected, and OIST will perform population genetic analysis. The purpose of this analysis is to understand the kinship of clark’s anemones in the surrounding waters and breeding areas. Since the breeding area is close to our hotel, it is easier to follow up than in the general sea area. The progress of this project will be announced on the hotel website at any time.

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◆ Started a program to learn “Let’s protect the richness of the sea” through snorkeling and diving experience at the hotel
From November 2021, after confirming the good growth status of the released anemone, in addition to the snorkeling and diving experience around the breeding area, the background of the conservation and breeding of anemone, the research content of OIST, and one of the goals of SDGs. We are planning to start a program that combines a lecture to learn “Let’s protect the richness of the sea”. Through this program, we aim to contribute to sustainable tourism by deepening participants’ understanding of environmental conservation and returning a part of the program’s sales to future anemone breeding.

◆ Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa’s Thoughts on the Project
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa is located in the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park area of ​​the Onna Village / West Coast area, and during marine activities around Seragaki Island, you can meet various marine life in the highly transparent sea with rich coral reefs. I will. Kumanomi also inhabit the waters around the hotel, and their appearance is pleasing to the eyes of tourists, but at the same time, due to the destruction and change of the habitat due to climate change and development, and the catch for sale, Okinawa Prefecture in recent years In the ocean of Okinawa, the number of bear flies is decreasing. At the same time as providing a program for enjoying the rich natural environment, we were considering whether we could carry out activities to protect precious marine resources.

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa was registered as an “Okinawa SDGs Partner” in March 2021, and is making various efforts to achieve the SDGs. As part of this, this project is aimed at goal 14 of the SDGs, “Protecting the abundance of the sea.” The hotel will continue its activities in cooperation with Onna Village, which has been selected as the SDGs Future City, so that it can contribute to solving local issues.

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An aquarium for growing clark's anemones for this project at OIST Marine Science StationAn aquarium for growing clark’s anemones for this project at OIST Marine Science Station

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Image of marine activities in OkinawaHyatt Regency Seragaki Island Image of marine activities in Okinawa

◆ Comments from Professor OIST Rabashi, Mayor Nagahama of Onna Village, and General Manager of the Hotel
Professor Rabashi, who heads the Marine Climate Change Unit of OIST, commented on this initiative, “I am very pleased to be able to participate in this project with the support of the people of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa and the Okinawa Tourism Content Development Support Project. Kumanomi is beautiful. It plays a very important role in the ecosystem of Okinawa coral reefs and is also important for tourism in Okinawa. It is an honor to be able to support both of these by securing a healthy and abundant community of bear flies through this project. ” Stated.

Yoshimi Nagahama, Mayor of Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture, said, “Onna Village is blessed with abundant nature and has grown as one of the leading tourist resorts in Japan. Based on the “Coral Village Declaration,” we are making various efforts to achieve the SDGs. We are pleased that Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa will launch this project in line with the efforts of Motomura. ” It states.

Shigeki Murao, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, said, “We are very honored to be able to proceed with such a project with the cooperation of an expert called the Ocean Climate Change Unit of OIST. We aim to preserve the environment around the beautiful Seragaki Island, and by enhancing the appeal of Seragaki Island, we would like to create a hotel that will please both our customers and the community. “

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This project will be supported by scientific knowledge and technical support from the Ocean Climate Change Unit led by Professor Timothy Rabashi of OIST.
In addition to “contributing to the development of science and technology in the world,” OIST has a mission of “contributing to the independent development of Okinawa.” OIST, which has its main campus in Onna Village, has a seaside research facility called “OIST Marine Science Station” in Serakaki Ward, where it conducts various experiments and research related to the ocean. The Marine Climate Change Unit breeds bear flea in the tank of the Marine Science Station, and one of its research subjects is the adaptability and adaptability of marine organisms to changes in the environment such as seawater temperature and carbon dioxide concentration. .. Please see the website (URL: https://groups.oist.jp/ja/macc/seragaki-island-clownfish-restoration-project) for OIST’s efforts regarding this matter.

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, the only beach resort in Japan, is located on the west coast of the central part of the main island of Okinawa, in Onna Village, one of Japan’s leading resort areas. Seragaki Island, which is connected by an underwater road, and the entire island and the main island of Okinawa form a resort, and you can enjoy the sea view from all 344 guest rooms. Specialty restaurant Shirakachi Fireside, sushi, grilled iron plate, Japanese cuisine, Italian, all-day dining, etc. You will not get tired of staying consecutive nights, and the highly transparent Serakaki sea, two beaches, lagoon, pool, neighborhood You can experience a full range of wellness and marine activities in the field of tourist attractions. As a “rejuvenating hotel”, please enjoy the resort experience that will satisfy your body and soul. For details, please check hyattregencyseragaki.jp, Facebook, and Instagram.

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