NACS-J Symposium held on Saturday, November 19 “Let’s learn with Sakana-kun! Coral reefs and strange creatures in Oshima Strait”

[11/19 (Sat) Symposium held] “Let’s learn with Sakana-kun! Coral reefs and strange creatures in Oshima Strait”
~One year after being registered as a World Natural Heritage Site, to protect the world-precious sea of ​​Amami Setouchi Town~

-Sakana-kun is coming to Setouchi Town, Amami! Held a symposium to learn about the biodiversity of the Oshima Straits at the southern tip of Amami Oshima, which is registered as a World Natural Heritage Site. A marine expert explains about the coral reefs of the Oshima Strait, the ecology of living creatures, history, efforts to protect the sea, etc. for townspeople (4th graders and above)
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Nature Conservation Society of Japan (Chairman: Akira Kameyama), World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Chairman: Takejiro Sueyoshi, hereinafter referred to as WWF Japan), Amami Setouchi Tourism Association, Setouchi Umi wo Mamoru Kai will hold “Let’s learn with Sakana-kun! Coral reefs and mysterious creatures in the Oshima Straits” on November 19th (Sat) in Setouchi Town, Amami Oshima. One year has passed since Amami Oshima was registered as a World Natural Heritage site. The Oshima Strait, which is rich in diverse topography, is home to many endemic and rare species that can only be seen here. In order to protect this precious nature, it is important to share its value with the local residents who are the main players, especially the local children who will shoulder the future of the island. Therefore, we will invite marine experts such as Sakana-kun to hold a symposium to learn about the ecology and history of the Oshima Strait, which is full of Amami’s “sugyoi”, and efforts to protect the sea. Please interview us.
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*You can also watch the event from the YouTube link below.

●Overview of the symposium
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022 10:00-12:00
Place: Setouchi-cho Kyurashima Koryukan (simultaneously streamed on YouTube on the day)
Target: Setouchi townspeople (from the 4th grade of elementary school) Co-sponsored by: Amami Setouchi Tourist Association, Setouchi Umi Wo Mamoru Kai, Nature Conservation Society of Japan, WWF Japan
Supported by: Setouchi Town, Setouchi Town Fishery Cooperative Association, Setouchi Town Board of Education, Ministry of the Environment Okinawa Amami Natural Environment Office
● Program
10:00- Opening remarks Kozo Okuda, Deputy Mayor of Setouchi Town 10:05- Introduction of speakers Sakana-kun, all speakers
10:10- The ecology and charm of the Amami Hoshizora pufferfish that inhabits the Oshima Strait Shimonoseki Aquarium (Kaikyokan) curator Takayuki Sonoyama
10:25- Past and Present of the Global Environment Presented by the Seas of Amami Yusuke Yokoyama, Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
10:40- Current state of the world’s oceans and the Oshima Strait Nature Conservation Society of Japan Mariko Abe
10:55- Efforts of the Umi wo Mamoru Kai Amami Setouchi Tourism Association Director Takayuki Iku, Chairman of the Setouchi Town Umi wo Mamoru Kai
11:10- Sakana-kun’s story Sakana-kun
11:30- Discussion and Q&A Sakana-kun, all speakers
11:50- Closing
12:00- [Limited to members of the press] Coverage by Sakana-kun and all speakers * Hosted by Rinko Oda, WWF Japan Wildlife Group

What is Oshima Strait?
Amami Oshima A strait located between Setouchi Town at the southern tip and Kakeroma Island. This deep and calm sea area has a rich topography and is home to many endemic and rare species, including the Amami Hoshizora puffer fish. Many new coral species have been discovered in recent years, and the Oshima Strait is truly a treasure trove of wonders for living creatures. We are working with local residents to create a conservation system so that the natural resources of this sea area can be used sustainably.
Speaker profile
fish kun
Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology / WWF Japan Goodwill Ambassador and Advisor
A talk backed by a wealth of fish knowledge and experience! Fish-kun. In March 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. Lectures are given all over the country to provide information and correct knowledge about fish, how to eat delicious fish, environmental problems, and to think about tomorrow’s fishing industry together with fishermen. In the summer of 2022, the movie “Sakana no Ko” based on the autobiography
“Sakana-kun’s Ichigo Ichie-Everyday Crazy Life!” (Kodansha) will be released. Every week (Saturday), “Oshiete Sakana-kun” column is being serialized in “Asahi Elementary School Newspaper”. He is also appearing on NHK E-tele “Gyogyotto Sakana Star”.
Takayuki Sonoyama
Born in Shimane prefecture. In 2005, he joined the Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science, Exhibition Department, Fish Exhibition Section, and since 2020, he is the leader of the Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science, Exhibition Department, Fish Exhibition Section. So far, we have been breeding Puffer fish such as Common puffer, Rhinoceros puffer, Higan puffer, Kusa puffer, and Spotted puffer, Gobies fish, corals, etc. under breeding and breeding by artificial insemination. Specializes in the classification of octopus coral and puffer fish. Biogeography of fish and crustaceans around Prefecture. Yusuke Yokoyama
Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo Concurrent postProfessor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Concurrent postProfessor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
After obtaining a PhD from the Australian National University, he worked as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley Space Science Institute and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute since 2008. Current position since 2014. Specializes in geochemistry and climate change studies. We are also conducting research on the earth’s surface system, restoration of biological history using micro-isotope analysis technology, research on food and
pharmaceuticals, and research on disaster science such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Takayuki Iku
Director of the Amami Setouchi Tourism Association. Born in Setouchi Town, Amami Oshima. PADI OW Instructor PADI Freediving Instructor. In his childhood, he grew up playing by catching and eating fish and shellfish in the sea. I dreamed of going to Tokyo to find a job, and I worked in Tokyo, but after returning to Amami and finding a job at a diving shop, I became even more fond of the sea by working in the sea. After about 7 years of experience, he left the company and ran Dandelion Amami independently in 2017. From 2020, he will also serve as the chairman of the Setouchi Town Umi wo Mamoru Kai.
Mariko Abe
Chief of Conservation and Education Department, Nature Conservation Society of Japan. He is in charge of general marine issues in Japan, including Amami and Okinawa. After working as a member of society, obtained a doctorate (science) in research on the diversity of thistle coral in the doctoral course at the University of the Ryukyus. In 1997, he was involved in the launch of Reef Check in Japan, and has served as coordinator ever since. Chairman of the Okinawa Reef Check Research Group and Director of the Okinawa Prefecture Coral Reef Conservation Promotion Council. Deputy Director of the Ramsar Network Japan Secretariat. Master of Science (Marine Biology) from James Cook University, Australia
Rinko Oda (moderator) WWF Japan Wildlife Group Field Project Leader. After working as a lawyer for 10 years, he moved to Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture due to his family’s job transfer. After being in charge of corporate partnerships, in charge of proposing and implementing collaborative projects with companies related to biodiversity conservation and climate crisis countermeasures, he was transferred to the Wildlife Group, and is now in charge of field projects to conserve domestic rare species. LL.M., University of California, Berkeley
About the Nature Conservation Society of Japan
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Founded in 1951 for the purpose of nature conservation and
biodiversity conservation, it is one of the oldest nature conservation organizations in Japan. Starting with nature conservation in Oze, where the dam project was underway, we continued our activities in Yakushima, Ogasawara, and Shirakami-Sanchi, laying the foundation for World Natural Heritage registration. Various activities continue. With the activity message, “By the power of nature, open up tomorrow,” we are working to create a society where people and nature live in harmony, where everyone from babies to the elderly can be surrounded by beautiful and rich nature and live with a smile. NGOs. From the mountains to the sea, we continue to research, protect, and utilize nature all over Japan.

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About WWF
WWF is an environmental conservation organization active in over 100 countries and was founded in Switzerland in 1961. Aiming for a future in which humans and nature can live in harmony, we are promoting the realization of a sustainable society. In particular, we are working to restore the richness of biodiversity, which is being lost, and to realize a decarbonized society to prevent global warming.

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