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Fisheries Science Course

Educational goal

Students shall acquire new knowledge and skills of fisheries science for safe and sophisticated use , and proper management of marine food resources. In order to fulfill such missions, the students shall acquire advanced knowledge in a diverse and wide-ranging academic fields, including marine environment and resources, fishery production, biological functions, material science, and food science. Also, the students shall be enrolled in cross-listed subjects of the Environmental Studies Course to facilitate integration of the two courses and enrich practical education, which will assist students to acquire comprehensive problem-solving skills that meet regional and site-specific needs through actual learning experiences within their specialization.


The Fisheries Science Course consists of the following four research divisions.

Division of Systematic Fisheries Science
In order to explain a wide variety of phenomena in the ocean, this program analyzes the physical, chemical, and biological processes and mechanisms related to productive fishing regions. At the same time, this program conducts research regarding the development of the valuation of fisheries products, from the perspectives of production management methodology (including fishing vessels and fishing equipment, fish behavior, and fishing methods), fisheries economics, fishery product distribution theories, and fishery resources policy theories.

Division of Marine Biology and Dynamics
This program examines the following research subjects on organisms that inhabit the semi-enclosed waters off the coast of western Kyushu (the Ariake Sea and the Omura Bay) to the offshore open waters (the East China Sea). Main research fields include, (1) Ecology of plankton in the Ariake Sea and East China Sea and the structure of plankton-centric food chain; (2) mechanisms of benthic communities formation on tidal flats located from the Ariake Sea to Tachibana Bay, and the mechanism of population movement of economically important clams; (3) taxonomy, biological geography, and ecology of benthic organisms that inhabit the continental slopes of the East China Sea; (4) evolutionary ecology and resource biology of aquatic organisms, especially fish; and (5) evaluation of the interaction between marine bacteria and other organisms, population structure (diversity) and functions (respiratory activity) of marine microorganisms.

Division of Marine Life Science and Biochemistry
This program examines the functional mechanisms of marine organisms and develops practical application from these studies. Specifically, (1) the biological properties of zooplankton and its application as initial feed for juvenile fishes as well as for evaluation of environmental toxins; (2) identification of the causes of "isoyake" (i.e., urchin barrens and the desertification of coastal areas) and exploration of mechanisms to control life cycles and growth of algae; (3) interpretation of chemical communication, in regards to the settlement of bivalves; (4) identification of pathogenic mechanisms and pathology of bacterial infectious diseases among cultured fish and shellfish and development of preventive measures and treatments; (5) structure and function of functional substances of marine organisms, especially enzymes; (6) molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of functional high molecular substances derived from the ocean; and (7) production of new physiologically active substances.

Division of Marine Biomaterial Sciences
In this program, we conduct research to clarify the basic problems of safety, effective use, quality, and management of food to apply the knowledge in actual production sites to contribute to a rich and healthy diet. The main research fields by current members in this Division include microbiology, food hygiene, food nutrition, marine food science, food processing, toxins in marine organisms, food allergies, and colloids.