Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries The major activities of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, are offering high quality education and conducting innovative researches on science and technology, concerning the nature of human activities in the aqua-sphere. There is an increasing importance of this field in response to the social needs for food security, food safety and environmental conservation. Our faculty is unique in Japan as an institute in the field of fisheries. The faculty has a Department of Fisheries, which consists of five fields: Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries Resource Sciences, Food and Life Sciences, Fisheries Economics and Aquatic Environment Sciences. The Graduate School of Fisheries has a Master course that follows a similar system to that of the Faculty of Fisheries. The faculty has developed its capability in manpower production as well as basic and applied studies in a wide range of aquatic environments, resources and industrial utilization of fisheries resources and their consumption as well. The objectives for education and researches of the faculty are to develop a rational utilization of fishery resources, to conserve the aquatic environments and ecosystems, to contribute to society and to engage in local fisheries. The principle of the faculty has been field-oriented education and researches. In order to achieve this, the faculty has facilitated the construction of well-balanced facilities, such as two training vessels, Kagoshima-maru and Nansei-maru, together with the Education and Research Center for Marine Resources and Environment. Training vessel Kagoshima-maru was built in 2012, and is one of the latest training vessels in the world, and is now devoted to our education and researches. She is accredited as an educational core of on-board training in tropical and sub-tropical waters, and accepts students from other regional universities. To guarantee the establishment of high quality education, we have developed the unique education management system based on the ISO 9001 accreditation.  While Kagoshima University’s Faculty of Fisheries has endeavored to link with Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, the faculty has conducted, in particular, a variety of international collaborations with several foreign universities, colleges and institutions. Our faculty leads continued enhancements of international credibility for higher education in Japan. In addition to conventional academic activities, the faculty has offered international technical dissemination and transfer, and the faculty members participate in ODA (Official Development Assistance) projects. At the same time, faculty members and students are deeply involved in local community service programs based on the needs from local fisheries sectors with particular emphasis to those in remote islands.  The faculty wishes to sustain the status of a world-renowned fisheries education and research institution encompassing over the tropical and sub-tropical aquatic belt around the globe.Prof. Dr. Shunsuke KOSHIODean, Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima UniversityDean Shunsuke Koshio1FACULTY OF FISHERIES KAGOSHIMA UNIVERSITYGuide Book (2017-2018)