Ocearography”is no.1 in the fisheries impact factors (2.9)
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography
(JSFO) has firstly established the area of Fisheries Oceanography
in the world !!
“Fisheries Oceanographywas defined in the narrow
sense as “Oceanography related to the development, aquaculture,
utilization, and preservation of fisheries resources, and
which also provides the forecasting methods on distributions
and abundance of the resources by Prof. Michitaka Uda,
the president of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography
(JSFO) at the time of establishment. He suggested the main
research field of Fisheries Oceanography as followings: (1)
Oceanographic conditions regulating the distribution of the
important species for fisheries; (2) Oceanographic approaches
to estimate the stock abundance and productivity of the research
area; (3) Oceanographic conditions to forecast the changes
on the distribution and stock abundance; and (4) Oceanographic
contributions related to the enhancement and development of
the productivity of fishery ground. JSFO has picked up the
scientific problems on local fisheries, and promoted to study
in cooperation with local scientists and fishermen. Recent
active research fields in JSFO are, as well as the study on
the relationship between marine organisms distributions and
oceanographic conditions, acoustic assessment of fish abundance,
oceanographic approach using satellite image, population dynamics,
modeling approach, etc. In particular, there are the studies
that focus not only on the fishery stock but also on the marine
environment and/or ecosystem dynamics itself. Research field
also has extended to world- wide as well as the coastal area
around Japan. These changes in the JSFO seem to correspond
the broader definition on fisheries oceanography as “The
study of oceanic processes affecting marine ecosystems and
the relationship of these ecosystems to the abundance and
availability of fish(P. Harrison and T. Parsons, 2000
Fisheries Oceanography, Blackwell science) under international
Every year JSFO holds the annual scientific
meeting during summer season at the Metropolitan area (Tokyo
and neighboring cities) and local cities by turns. JSFO also
holds the symposiums at the annual meeting and at the beginning
of the fiscal year, with a common theme for all members. As
for the special theme related to the local area, JSFO also
holds the local symposium at about five locations every year.
Hokkaido, Joban-Kashimanada, Sagami Bay, Kumanonada, Hiroshima
Bay, Nagasaki, etc. are actively held the symposiums recently.
History of JSFO
1962: The Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography
was established. First president was Prof. Michitaka Uda,
and the number of the members was 101. The bulletin of the
Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography “Suisan Kenkyu
Kaihopublished twice a year. JSFO was originated from the
symposium on interaction between organisms and environment,
co-sponsored by The Oceanographic Society of Japan, and the
Japanese Society of Fisheries Science.
1986: The 25th Anniversary Symposium Fisheries and Fisheries
Oceanography in the Coming Centurywas held in Tokyo and
invited Dr. D.H. Cushing (U.K.) and Dr. R. Lasker (U.S.A.)
as keynote speakers. Publication of the bulletin changed four
times per year.
1988: The name of JSFO in Japanese changed to “Suisan
1989: The name of the bulletin in Japanese changed to “Suisan
Kaiyo Kenkyuafter volume 53.
1991: The 30th Anniversary Symposium “Promising Fisheries
Oceanography in Japanwas held in Tokyo.
1992: Scientific journal “Fisheries Oceanographyfirst
published from the Blackwell Scientific Publications (U.K.),
as JSFO was the sponsored association.
1999: Size and design of the bulletin was renewed.
2000: The “Matsumiya foundationwas set up to help
young scientist to go abroad, according to the wish of late
Prof. Yoshiharu Matsumiya's family (he passed away in 2000).
2001: Fisheries Oceanography became the international journal
2002: JSFO will hold the 40th Anniversary Symposium in Tokyo.
JSFO Uda Prize was established
in 1996 for one person to honor the great contribution to
the Fisheries Oceanography.
JSFO Best Paper Prize was established in 1999
for two papers to honor the most remarkable papers during
last two years in the Bulletin of the Japanese Society
of Fisheries Oceanography and Fisheries Oceanography.
Bulletin of the Japanese Society of
Fisheries Oceanography (Suisan Kaiyo Kenkyu): Since
1962, published 4 times per year. Original articles (Japanese
or English) and commentary, information, report on symposium
or meeting, and so on. This journal offers appropriate opportunity
to publish or inform the local integrated work for both scientists
and even non-scientist.
Fisheries Oceanography : Since 1992, published
4 times per year. Evaluated high quality even though the journal
recently starts. This journal keeps high impact factor (1.968,
2001) in fishery science and oceanography both, ranked 2nd
and 5th, respectively.
Total number: 955 (as of Aug. 31, 2001)
（regular member: 729, foreign member: 42, senior member:
61, student member: 31, honorary member: 7, supporting member:
35, institute member: 50）
Membership dues (including bulletin of the Japanese Society
of Fisheries Oceanography and Fisheries Oceanography subscription)
regular member, foreign member: \10,000 senior member (>65
years): \7,000 student member: \6,000 supporting member: \30,000
institute member: \20,000
JSFO actively concerns the international research
programs such as GLOBEC, PICES, IGBP, corresponded to the
world-wide field expansion on the issues related to marine
resources and environments. For example, recently JSFO contributes
the following international activities:
*JSFO will support "The 5th International Conference on the
Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 2001)"
held in Kobe and Awajishima at November 2001.
*JSFO supported GLOBEC-SPACC workshop GLOBEC-SPACC Workshop
on the Causes and Consequences of Climate-induced Changes
in Pelagic Fish Productivity in East Asiaheld in Kobe at
*JSFO supported the 9th PICES Annual meeting held in Hakodate
at October 2000.
*JSFO co-sponsored Japan-Korea Joint GLOBEC Workshop on “Long-term
Variations in the Kuroshio and the East China Sea Ecosystems
held in Pusan, Korea at August 2000.
*JSFO cooperated GLOBEC international symposium “Ecosystem
Dynamics of the Kuroshio-Oyashio Transition Regionheld in
Mutsu and Hakodate at August 1998.