長崎大学大学海洋未来イノベーション機構

環東シナ海環境資源研究センター

Institute for East China Sea Research

長崎大学大学院水産・環境科学総合研究科附属環東シナ海環境資源研究センター
〒851-2213
長崎市多以良町1551-7
TEL 095-850-7311
FAX 095-840-1881

Message from the Director

Director of the Institute for East China Sea Research (ECSER)

Kiyoshi SOYANO

Prof. Kiyoshi Soyano

Among the world’s marine environments, the East China Sea is a region renowned for its abundant marine life. It is one of the key waters that supports the lives of the Japanese people. However, it is surrounded by one of the world's most populous coastal areas and is extremely sensitive to human activity, therefore there is urgent concern that changes to the marine environment will lead to the decline of biological resources. Rising sea water temperatures, increases in nutrient concentrations, chemical contamination, are some of the changes that have been reported to impact the biota, habitat, and spawning season of marine organisms. Therefore, environmental changes are expected to have a serious effect on the future of these marine organisms. At ECSER, our goal is to study the nature and impacts of environmental changes in the East China Sea, conducts research to restore and conserve the environment, and work to secure the sustainable production of biological resources and safe seafood, through collaboration with researchers in the fields of ecology, behavioral science, physiology oceanography, and environmental science.

ECSER is part of the Organization for Marine Science and Technology (OMST) promotes research aimed at the development of marine energy and its application to the marine industry. OMST is focused on work within the waters around the Goto Islands, which have been designated by Japanese Government as a demonstration field-site for marine renewable energy. Therefore, ECSER also promotes research of the impact of marine energy development on the oceanic environment, environmental conservation around the demonstration field-site, and the creation of new fisheries/aquaculture technologies, in cooperation with the faculties of the Graduate School of Fisheries and Environment Sciences and the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagasaki University.

From an international perspective, the East China Sea is an important marine resource for China, South Korea, and Taiwan. In order to ensure the safety of seafood resources and continued sustainable use of biological resources in this area, these regions need to cooperate to promote the improvement of the environment and management of resources. Therefore, we are actively advancing fisheries and ocean research in this area, in cooperation with institutions in China, South Korea, and Taiwan.

ECSER is also actively providing education to develop the leaders of the next generation of fisheries and marine scientists and engineers. In 2014, ECSER was certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology as an institution providing practical education on fisheries and oceans to university students across Japan. Following this certification, we launched the Fisheries and Ocean Education Network with Hokkaido University, Kyoto University, and Hiroshima University, and began joint practical training for fisheries and ocean research.

Finally, the Consortium for Fisheries Science in Nagasaki was established with the Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute and the Nagasaki Prefectural Institute of Fisheries, to actively disseminate information on fisheries and marine research. We are working to create new fisheries and marine industries that are tied closely to this region.

In this way, we constantly strive to protect and nurture our rich and beautiful seas through research and education. ECSER would like to express its gratitude for the understanding and support of everyone engaged in our research and educational activities.