Residents of Shodoshima island expressed excitement about this week's Nippon-ichi Dodekabocha Taikai giant pumpkin-growing competition, the only one in the country recognaized by the International Pumkin Association. Farmers and fishermen complained that wild great cormorants, birds that grow to about 80cm in length and were once on the verge of extinction, have now become a pest, destroying fish stocks and damaging trees with their droppings. The Tokyo government earmarked \57 million to try to eradicate the city's crow population. A test of translucent yellow plastic garbage bags that crows cannot see through(developed by a professor known as "Dr. Crow"), reduced the birds' attacks on garbage piles by more than 90 percent. The city of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka prefecture said it wants to lure more tourists by turning itself into the home of the trout burger.