Usujiri Fisheries Station (ca. 0.4 ha) was established in 1970 at the mouth of Funka Bay in the southern part of Hokkaido as a marine biological research station for the Faculty of Fisheries, Hokkaido University. The station is 40 km (about an hour drive) from the Faculty of Fisheries located in Hakodate, and has a laboratory, dormitory, and guesthouse for long-term guests. There are 74 beds in the dormitory and 3 in the guesthouse. The waters in front of the station are strongly influenced by the Chishima Cold Current, and much of the research at the station focuses on cold-water species (temperature range: 2.6-19.1°C). There are many kinds of tanks to keep a variety of species ranging in size from small invertebrates to dolphins and scuba equipment is available for diving researchers. Three PCR are set up for general molecular experiments. The number of visiting researchers has increased during the last ten years. In 2013, more than 5,000 people studied at the station, making it one of the busiest fisheries laboratories in Japan.
- Usujiri152, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1613, JAPAN
- usujiri [at] fsc.hokudai.ac.jp
- Official Site