Yoshitaka Ota and Wilf Swartz will be organizing a workshop on Japanese fisheries reforms at the Pew Fellows Meeting in Sooke, BC, Canada on October 25th, 2018.

Summary: Fisheries management in Japan is currently in a state of flux as the Fisheries Agency undergoes a major revision of its policies. Some of the proposed measures include a reform of its community-based cooperative system and a shift toward management based on output control, including the introduction of individual quotas.

Objective: This workshop will outline the political, economic, and socio-cultural context of the fisheries and marine conservation in Japan, review the potential implications of the proposed reform, and explore opportunities to civil society involvement in advance marine conservation.