Numerous landmark results were achieved through research and introduced in the fish farming industry, leading to an increase to marine resource production. Some of the biggest results are outlined below. In 1954, research was launched into fish farming with cage nets and was later industrialized. It is the main technique used in Japan today to raise marine fish and is spread around the world.
In 1965, the world’s first successful nursery production of bastard halibut was achieved and it was eventually expanded to 17 other species of fish. In 2002, the much-awaited success of a completely farmed-raised bluefin tuna was achieved.
Further success was achieved by selecting and crossbreeding high quality species. As for future projects, the Toyama Station, Aquaculture Research Institute is now working on, among other things, nursery production of warm water species.
In addition to raising fish, the Aquaculture Research focuses on basic research in nutrition, breeding, morphology, physiology, biochemistry, and fish diseases. These findings have been applied to nursery production, crossbreeding, selection, biotechnology, alternative sources of protein, and more.
In 2003, the Aquaculture Research was selected as a "Center for Aquaculture Science and Technology for Bluefin Tuna and Other Cultivated Fish (headed by Prof. Hidemi Kumai)" under the 21st Century COE Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It is promoting research in cohort with the Graduate School of Agriculture and research activities are drawing more and more attention.
Since 1989, the Aquaculture Research has made academic agreements with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, University Malaysia Sabah and Chonnam National University in Korea, by which researchers and students travel back and forth for research and training.