Evolution of Artificial Fishing Reef Concepts in Japan
Supported by a government subsidy program averaging approximately $100 million annually since 1976, the artificial fishing reef technology in Japan has made considerable advances. While the immediate objective of this national program is to aid in cost-effective fishing practices, the long-term goal aims at optimum management of living marine resources on a scale encompassing the entire continental shelf. Research on fish behavior is ushering in an era in which reef designs may be tailored to individual fish species. Strategies for reef sizes and deployment schemes are increasingly subjected to scientific judgments which take into consideration ocean dynamics, fish migration characteristics, fish life cycle behavior, and harvesting methodologies.
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Publication date: 1985-07-01
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