Recent Japanese Trends in Fishing Reef Design and Planning
Abstract:This paper summarizes technical milestones that exemplify recent trends in fishing reef design and planning in Japan. Subsidized by the government, artificial fishing reef technology made important new strides in Japan during 1984–1987. Three key events that highlight the evolution of Japanese technology during this period are: (1) The Fisheries Agency published two guides for reef design and construction planning; these specify design safety, functionality, durability, economy, and technical feasibility standards for government certification; they also report on the performance of the government-subsidized artificial fishing reef program dating from the 1950's. (2) The first marine ranch was inaugurated in 1984. Completed in 1986, this marine ranch is currently undergoing its initial appraisal adjustment operational phase. (3) “Marine Forum 21,” a non-profit think tank which was created in 1985 with the backing of the Fisheries Agency, is proposing an ambitious offshore fish farm pilot project for which $5 million is allocated for initial construction in 1988. Participation by the private industry in fisheries technology innovation has risen sharply.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1989-03-01
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