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The Faculty of Fisheries, Nagasaki University started as a faculty with 90 students per class (110 at present) in three departments, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Food Processing, when Nagasaki University was established in 1949. The Faculty was first located in Omura, then it moved to Sasebo in 1950 and to the present main campus in Nagasaki in 1961.

A Graduate School of Fisheries (Master's Course) was established in 1970, and another Graduate School of Marine Science and Engineering (Doctoral Course) was established jointly by the Faculty of Fisheries and the Faculty of Engineering in 1988, thus yielding an almost complete education-research system. In the meantime, two research and training ships (Kakuyo Maru and Nagasaki Maru) were constructed one after another. The Faculty of Fisheries of Nagasaki University has functioned as a center of education and research in the science of fisheries and oceanography in western Japan.

During the 67 years after the establishment, we have sent out more than 6,000 graduates to the community, greatly contributing to the fisheries in Japan. There have been many foreign students who studied in the Faculty of Fisheries, and are in essential positions in the fields of research, education and administration of fisheries and oceanographic affairs in their respective home countries.

The primary objectives of education and research in the Faculty of Fisheries were first directed towards development and utilization of food resources, reflecting the social and economic background of Japan at that time. However, the fishing business and the science of fisheries supporting the scientific background of the former changed greatly along with the changes of world wide situation such as economic growth of Japan and enhanced resources nationalism. The science of fisheries has now become an overall science to study the policy to maintain bioproductivity while preserving the marine environment, as well as to utilize the marine organisms not only as the food resources but also as other useful resources. The protection of valuable gene resources in the sea and their utilization have been highlighted as a crucial research project of the science of fisheries. The Faculty of Fisheries has coped with these changes of fishing business and the science of fisheries, modifying its education- research system from time to time. Such modification will have to be made as required.

The role of a university is enormous in prospect of the era to come. We are determined to make more efforts on international standpoint along with the future plan of the University so that the Faculty of Fisheries may contribute to the life and welfare of the mankind by substantiating the basis of education and research, and by upbringing capable persons who would be responsible for the new era.

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