Fisheries Science

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List of Papers (Total 71)

Review of population dynamics and management of small pelagic fishes around the Japanese Archipelago

Population dynamics of small pelagic fishes (SPF) and their management in Japan were reviewed for Japanese sardine Sardinops melanostictus, Japanese anchovy Engraulis japonicus, chub mackerel Scomber japonicus, and Pacific saury Cololabis saira. The catch and biomass of SPF generally showed decadal-scale variability with prominent species replacements since the 1900s. The causes...

Application of surrogate broodstock technology in aquaculture

Surrogate broodstock technology facilitates the production of donor-derived gametes in surrogates, and comprises transplanting germ cells of a donor into recipients of a different strain or different species. The following applications of this technology are expected in the field of aquaculture: (1) the efficient and reliable production of offspring carrying superior genetic...

Evaluation from otolith Sr stable isotope ratios of possible juvenile growth areas of Japanese eels collected from the West Mariana Ridge spawning area

The widely distributed East Asian Japanese eel Anguilla japonica constitutes a single genetically homogeneous population with a single spawning area near the West Mariana Ridge. Otolith 87Sr/86Sr ratios of adults (categorized as “river“, “estuarine” or “sea” eels, according to their habitat use history determined from otolith Sr:Ca ratio analysis) collected from the spawning area...

Distribution patterns of settlement-stage juveniles of Girella punctata and Girella leonina on the rocky coast of the Kanto–Izu region, Japan

The early life history of girellid fishes in Japanese waters is unclear, and little is known about their species-specific reproductive strategies. We examined seasonal changes of distribution patterns for settlement-stage juveniles of Girella punctata and Girella leonina on the rocky shore in the regions of Kanto and Izu, Japan, to infer the influence of the Kuroshio Current on...

Modeling the coastal ecosystem complex: present situation and challenges

To enhance numerical modeling of the coastal ecosystem complex (CEC), we reviewed the CEC and related concepts along with the current coastal ecosystem model framework in this study. We identified two model implementation paths from the initial objectives to numerical models: specific model building, and the use of existing model frameworks. As the CEC is still at the conceptual...

Effects of a long-term rearing system for deep-sea vesicomyid clams on host survival and endosymbiont retention

Deep-sea vesicomyid clams, including the genus Phreagena, harbor obligate sulfur-oxidizing symbiotic bacteria in gill epithelial cells. Difficulty in maintaining Phreagena clams in rearing tanks has been a major obstacle to achieving a better understanding of their unique biology. To improve the method of rearing Phreagena clams, here we reared them in an artificial...

Development of gene-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms for Japanese anchovy Engraulis japonicus through cross-species amplification

Cross-species amplification is a fast and cost-effective approach for the discovery of genetic markers in non-model species that have a phylogenetically close species with developed markers. The present study employed this method to discover new single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers in the Japanese anchovy Engraulis japonicus. We selected 482 mitochondrial and nuclear SNPs...

A transdisciplinary research of coastal fisheries co-management: the case of the hairtail Trichiurus japonicus trolling line fishery around the Bungo Channel, Japan

Under the coastal fisheries co-management regime in Japan, local fishers play important roles in deciding on and implementing local management measures. Therefore, using the case study of a hairtail trolling line fishery, we conducted a transdisciplinary research with fishers, processors, government officers, etc. Taking social and biological factors into account, we defined...

Stock structure and resource management of hairtail Trichiurus japonicus based on seasonal broods around the Bungo Channel, Japan

Declines in landings of the hairtail Trichiurus japonicas indicate the need for more effective management of this species. Hairtail spawning peaks occur twice yearly in the Bungo Channel, in spring and autumn. Relationships between hairtail stock and brood seasonality were examined to determine if an association between either and a decline in landings existed. Stock assessments...

Conservation of small hairtail Trichiurus japonicas by using hooks with large artificial bait: effect on the trolling line fishery

Overfishing has reduced the stock of hairtail Trichiurus japonicus around the Bungo Channel, Japan. To determine whether using larger bait in the trolling line fishery could avoid catching small/undersize hairtail, we developed and trialled a new large artificial bait (a soft plastic bait, 6 inches long). A traditional lure with natural bait (type-1), a new lure of the new...

Reputational damage and the Fukushima disaster: an analysis of seafood in Japan

As the levels of radioactivity in seafood have fallen back into the safe range, Fukushima fisheries are considering reopening. However, even if seafood from the Fukushima area were sufficiently safe to distribute to seafood markets, its value may be undermined because of the damage done to its reputation by the Fukushima disaster. We quantified consumers’ preferences for seafood...

Estimation of the abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific in summer using sighting data from 2010 to 2012

The abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific (north of 40°N, south of the Alaskan coast including both the US and Canadian Exclusive Economic Zones between 170°E and 135°W), from July to August, was estimated by the line transect method using sighting data obtained during the 2010–2012 International Whaling Commission-Pacific Ocean...

Age estimation of Antarctic minke whales Balaenoptera bonaerensis based on aspartic acid racemization technique

Counting of the growth layers in the earplugs is the most accepted technique for determining chronological age of Antarctic minke whales; however, unreadable growth layers form in some individuals, especially in young animals. In this study, aspartic acid racemization (AAR) technique was developed for estimating ages in this species with the aim of complementing the age estimated...