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No.400 April 5, 2017

Birth of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC)

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) was born with the objective of ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources in the area established by its convention, while protecting the marine ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean. Complying with the relevant United Nations General Assembly fisheries resolutions, we aim to achieve this objective through developing Commission work plans including science and compliance, conducting stock assessments of target species, establishing a data management system, and cooperating with other organizations.

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Effectiveness of the "Professionals of the Ocean" Experience —Efforts of the "B&G Tokyo Bay Marine Experience Academy"—

The B&G Foundation hosts the "B&G Tokyo Bay Marine Experience Academy" for elementary and middle school students, with the objective of training the next generation of students working in ocean related fields, through activities such as visiting professionals working in such fields, and a four-nights five-days program aimed at helping the students to understand the appeal and importance of these jobs. We propose that such cross-border type learning experiences are effective in training the next generation of human talent in ocean fields, based on positive research results showing how participants' views change before and after the experience.

What the World's Oldest Fishing Hook Tells Us about the Lives of Paleolithic Peoples in Okinawa

The excavation of Sakitari Cave has shed light on the lifestyles of Okinawa's Paleolithic peoples, which had previously been shrouded in mystery. The excavation revealed an unexpected lifestyle, in which they captured Japanese mitten crabs (mokuzugani) and giant mottled eel from rivers, fished at sea, and gathered shells to create tools and ornaments. The people were familiar with aquatic resources, to a much further degree than what we had imagined.

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