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Japan, Australia and the Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) Fishery: Social and Political Perspectives

Funding: 2002: $17,000
2003: $7,730
2004: $7,730

Project Member(s): Barclay, K.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage International)

Start year: 2002

Summary: The main aims of the project are to analylse and provide explanations for two problems that have arisen to do with the social and political aspects of the southern bluefin tuna (SBT) fishery: i) social, cultural and political causes of the breakdown in negotiations over the total allowable catch (TAC) that occurred in 1999-2000 and ii) negative public perceptions of the fishery in Australia, espeically vis a vis environmental impacts, the history of Australian images of 'the Japanes' and the history of Japanese reaction to Western perceptions of them. The process will be to combine the work of Australian and Japanese reserachers who can bring a non partisan, scholarly analysis to the issues involved. The outcome will be to produce sophisticated but accessible and reliable information on the social and political structures of the SBT fishery in Japan and Australia, and bilateral relations shaping the fishery, in both Japanese and English. Secondarily, the project aims to develop expertise in fisheries social science in Australia through fostering existing links with Kagoshima University and providing a vehicle for Australian researchers from a range of fields, including international relations, political economy, anthropology and sociology.


Barclay, K & Koh, S 2006, 'Marketization of Japanese Governance? A Case study of Long Line Tuna Fisheries' in Goodman James (ed), Regionalization, Marketization and Political Change in the Pacific Rim, Editorial Centro Universitario De Sociales Y Humanidades (Div of University of Guadalajara Press), Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 347-383.

FOR Codes: Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified, Fisheries Sciences not elsewhere classified, Political Science not elsewhere classified, Fisheries-commercial, International trade issues not elsewhere classified, International relations not elsewhere classified, International Trade not elsewhere classified