In this course, our research field is the hydrosphere, with a focus on the oceans but also including lakes and rivers and other fresh water areas. We also look at everything in them, from plankton to algae, crustaceans, shellfish, fish, and marine mammals. We aim to understand the workings of these diverse life forms at the genetic, cellular, individual, community, and ecosystem levels. The methods we use include genetic analysis, physiological ecological analysis, collective analysis, behavioral analysis, and using marine observation technologies. Moreover, we also carry out research and education on the conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, and on methods to sustainably reproduce and effectively utilize marine bioresources such as fish, shellfish, algae and so on. We also aim to enrich human life by the stable use of bioresources through the appropriate management of them as a resource, and effective increase and farming methods for them.
It is an important problem to maintain and increase marine bioresources such as fishes and algae, in addition to the conservation of marine ecosystems. This academic course aims to conduct education and researches in biodiversities, genetics, physiology, ecology, ethology and pathology of marine creatures at the level of gene, cell, individual, population and ecosystem respectively, for the establishment of new techniques in resource management, fisheries techniques and effective sustainable use of marine bioresources. In addition, National Research Institute of Aquaculture (a Cooperative Graduate School of Mie University) also performs education and researches for the elucidation of biofunctions and genome analysis of marine creatures and their effective use in the field of developmental genetics, breeding science, and nutrition and metabolism.