Nagahama, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto 625-0086
Tel. +81-773-62-5512 Fax +81-773-62-5513
Chief, Associate Professor
MASUDA, Reiji, D. Agr. (Univ. of Tokyo), Fish Behavior, Ecology and Psychology
YAMASHITA, Yoh, D. Agr.(Univ. of Tokyo), Coastal Ecology, Ecophysiology, Nursery Habitats
KAI, Yoshiaki, D. Agr., (Kyoto Univ.) Systematics of Fishes, Phylogenetics, Taxonomy
SUZUKI, Keita, D. Agr., (Kyoto Univ.) Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, Life Histories of Fish and Zooplankton
Program-Specific Assistant Professor
SAWADA, Hideki, D. Agr., (Kyoto Univ.) Invertebrate ecology, sandy beach ecology, biology of sea cucumber
The Maizuru Fisheries Research Station was established in 1972 being located in Maizuru City, about 100 km north of Kyoto, on the coast of the central region of the Sea of Japan.
The main recent research activities by staff and students include: (1) field studies on the life history and ecology of fishes, invertebrates and algae, (2) laboratory studies on the early life stages of fishes to understand development, behavior, endocrinology, physiology, growth and survival, (3) studies on technology for aquaculture and stock enhancement of commercially important fishes (4) studies on coastal oceanography, (5) taxonomic research of fishes from the Indo-Pacific region. A current important subject is the elucidation of the effects of terrestrial areas including forests, agricultural fields and towns on the biodiversity and biological productivity in coastal waters. Field work is conducted using the research vessel “Ryokuyo Maru”(14 t). Establishment of the Aquatic Natural Museum in 1984, which houses the second largest collection of fish specimens in Japan, has accelerated our taxonomic work.
The number of visitors to the station has increased in recent years, exceeding 8200 person-days in the fiscal year 2015. The visitors include students and staff from Kyoto University and other universities in Japan as well as graduate students and visiting scientists from many countries such as the USA, Canada, China, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Philippine, Taiwan, Spain and Argentina. Dormitory accommodation is available for visiting scientists and students.