In a recent feature article with INFOFISH, TBTI Japan coordinator Yinji Li cautiones against the fisheries legislation that emphasize economic efficiency and threaten the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. She argues for the need to embrace the principle of Umigyo as a way to revitalize Japanese coastal communities and fishery systems.
Recent news about TBTI Japan
TBTI Japan has launched a transdisciplinary committee for a small-scale fisheries white paper project, which will be officially released during the Small-Scale Fisheries Regional Symposium for Asia Pacific in April of 2024. The first committee meeting was also featured in the Fisheries Daily on Nov 28, 2023.
Known as the “Jewel of Suruga Bay,” Sakura shrimp has long been an important fishery that supports the economy of the local communities in Suruga Bay, Shizuoka, Japan.
Launch of TBTI Japan
Japan’s fisheries governance is based on the fishery rights and fisheries cooperative systems, which in turn are based on the existence of small-scale fisheries. Therefore, the presence of small-scale fisheries cannot be ignored in Japan’s fisheries policy. Within this context, the TBTI Japan Research Network brings together scientists, practitioners, community groups, organizations through transdisciplinary approaches and will ensure the widespread of the importance of the existence and roles of Japanese small-scale fisheries as well as addressing issues and concerns affecting Japanese small-scale fisheries.
The vision of the TBTI Japan Research Network includes:
(1) Dispatch the information actively along with systematical research on the various functions, importance, and latent strength of Japanese small-scale fisheries.
(2) Adopt transdisciplinary perspectives in Japanese small-scale fisheries research and governance.
(3) Enable the improvement of gender equality and equity in Japan by the initiative of the Japanese small-scale fisheries.
(4) Secure fishers’ income and the successors by establishing a research base to forge ahead with a wide range of new initiatives and concepts regarding small-scale fisheries.
(5) Approach Japanese small-scale fisheries from the standpoint of Blue Justice and continue with theoretical discussions on Blue Justice and advance research to relay it to practice.
(6) Help Japan to recognize the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) and promote its implementation fully and make a conscious effort on its application in Japan.
Book: In the Era of Big Change: Essays About Japanese Small-Scale Fisheries
Book: Life Above Water – Japanese translation
‘Girls Who Fish’ – Japan
‘Girls Who Fish Japan’ program is inspired by the Canadian ‘Girls Who Fish’ program, which has been successfully run by Fishing For Success, a non-profit organization from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador. Their year-round programming for youth, women, and immigrants encourages visitors to form their own bonds with Nature, through purposeful and practical experiences of fishing, gathering, gardening, etc. The non-profit places a great emphasis on the community, and youth to make decisions about their future, the way they want to live, and perhaps make a living.
The ’Girls Who Fish Japan’ program is run through a collaboration of several organizations, institutions, projects, and networks, including Tokai University, V2V Japan, TBTI Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefectural Research Institute of Fishery and Ocean, Shizuoka City, Fishing For Success, and many others. The Mochimune* Branch of Shimizu Fisheries Cooperative Association has agreed to become a host organization for the program.