Research Fellow
Ocean Policy Research Institute of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Iwao Fujii was a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF).
He specializes in marine conservation and fisheries management. He joined OPRI-SPF in October 2017 and has since then been engaged in various research projects ranging from marine biodiversity to maritime security. His current interests are: 1) capacity building for sustainable management of biodiversity in high seas; 2) cooperation in monitoring and surveillance on illegal fishing vessels in the Indo-Pacific region; 3) landscape and seascape approaches to managing marine biodiversity; and 4) data management for long-term monitoring on marine protected areas (MPAs). He is also in charge of information dissemination on maritime security issues.
Iwao holds a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of British Colombia, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan. He studied coral reef conservation in the Philippines for his Master’s degree and sea turtle bycatch in set-net fisheries in Japan for his Bachelor’s degree. He loves going to the ocean for both SCUBA diving and snorkeling. He especially loves the ocean in the Philippines where he carried out field work for his master’s thesis. He is from Tokyo but lived in Bangladesh for four years during his childhood and India for three years when he was in high school. His international background fostered his passion and curiosity to explore new places and learn about different cultures.


Marine biodiversity, Biological diversity in high seas (BBNJ), Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), Marine protected areas (MPAs)


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Junko Toyoshima, Iwao Fujii, Miko Maekawa, Tomohiko Tsunoda, Noriko Kamada, Hiroka Hidaka, Yasuhiro Tojo, Kazuko Ikeda (2022) Assessing effectiveness of satoumi activities in Japanese coastal areas from ecological and socioeconomic perspectives. Ocean & Coastal Management, 230, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106354

Fujii, I. et al. (2022) Implications of existing capacity building efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction: A case study of Japan. Marine Policy, 138. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105004
Maekawa, M., and Fujii, I. (2021) Toward Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Analysis and Prospects for Negotiation Process at the United Nations with a Focus on Capacity Building and the Transfer of Marine Technology. J. of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, No. 11, pp. 55-69 (in Japanese with English abstract).

Fujii, I., Okochi, Y., and Kawamura, H. (2021) Promoting Cooperation of Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance of IUU Fishing in the Asia-Pacific. Sustainability, 13(18), 10231. doi:10.3390/su131810231
Fujii, I. and Maekawa, M. (2020) Towards strengthening management of high seas biological diversity
Cicin-Sain, B., et al. (2018) A Policy Brief on Capacity Development as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)





Japan Coral Reef Society
Japan Association for United Nations Studies


Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Member of the Extended Consultative Network of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Part-time lecturer at Iwate University


MSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, 2018
BSc in Marine Science from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2014