Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Overview

2. Overview

Maizuru Fisheries Research Station is one of the two marine stations of Field Science Education and Research Center (FSERC), Kyoto University. The research station fronts on the Maizuru Bay, Sea of Japan (latitude 35º 29’N and longitude135º 22’E; Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan). In May 1972, the research station was established as an affiliated institution of Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University. In April 2003, the research station became a member of FSERC and its name was changed to Maizuru Fisheries Research Station.

Maizuru Fisheries Research Station lies within a 2-ha premises and has five buildings specialized for specimen storage, aquaculture, research, dormitory, and workshops. The research station is also equipped with two vessels. Four professors, two postdoctoral fellows, and ten graduate students conduct education and research activities in ecology, physiology, ethology, taxonomy, and environmentology using aquatic organisms in estuarine and coastal areas.

In April 2011, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station was authorized as a Joint Usage/Education Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Education (project title: establishment of the field education center for fisheries and aquatic environmental studies in the Sea of Japan). As this is the only university research station for fisheries on the Sea of Japan side, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station has widely accepted professors and graduate students from various universities to promote the Joint Usage/Education Center project.