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Message from Global COE Leader
The Applied Life Science department of the School of Agriculture received approval for its application for the official recognition of its "International Education and Research Center for Aquaculture Science for Bluefin Tuna and Other Cultured Fish", in which the Fisheries Laboratory plays a key role, under the fiscal 2008 Global COE Program in interdisciplinary/combined/new areas. This program is a post-COE program under which the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology aims to establish excellent education and research centers by further promoting the creation of world-leading, internationally competitive universities in order to address expanding globalization.

With respect to bluefin tuna mentioned in the title, as you may be aware, its demand has been rapidly increasing due to the boom in demand for fish dishes driven by a worldwide tendency toward health, causing a serious drain on marine resources around the world. Therefore, Japan, the world's largest tuna consumer, has been subject to strong criticism, while the Washington Treaty (CITES) and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) are becoming increasingly active.

At present, bluefin tuna is cultured in many countries including Europe, Middle Eastern countries, Australia, Mexico as well as Japan, but all the seedlings are taken from the sea, so culture production and management is highly susceptible to resource fluctuations while posing the risk of resource depletion. Therefore, the world is now very eager to develop technologies for increasing bluefin tuna resources and producing seedlings for culture purposes. Kinki University achieved a full culture of bluefin tuna for the first time in 2002, but the industrial-scale mass production of seedlings still remains a challenge and imperative issue.

Under this program, with a view to achieving these objectives, we will organize five groups covering seedling production, culture, environment, application and safety of cultured fish, and distribution and risk analysis, hoping to proactively inform the world of our research results and promote our world-class researchers who have received in-depth training at research sites and to attain leadership not only in bluefin tuna culture but also in "fish culture education and research around the world".

I would appreciate your sincere support and advice.

Kinki University