Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest

August 6, 2020

Japan’s Basic Position on Fisheries

Japan's basic position on fisheries is to ensure sustainable use of marine living resources, which is one of the SDGs and the one Japan commits to. Japan pursuits securing national interests while promoting sustainable use through enhancing international cooperation.

1. Sustainable use of marine living resources

With expected rise in global population and food shortages, sustainable use of marine living resources is becoming more important than ever before to human beings. The loss of marine living resources due to overfishing, for instance, must be avoided.
To this end, in addition to developing necessary international systems for conservation and management of marine living resources, it is also significant to take various measures on a global scale such as promoting trade rules to ensure sustainable use of marine living resources, and preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

2. Securing national interests

It is national interests for Japan to secure safe and sustainable supply of marine products for consumers, through securing sustainable use of marine living resources, which at the same time, enables to promote sound development of the fisheries industry as a whole. Japan addresses issues on international fisheries based on such perspective.

3. International cooperation

Japan, responsible fishing country with a rich experience and advanced technology in various fisheries, is expected and capable to play a leading role to ensure sustainable use of marine living resources. Actually, Japan takes an initiative to promote sustainable use, working with other related countries in the framework such as regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and related international bodies.

International Fisheries Organizations and Agreements

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