Fisheries in Japan

This project examines the relationship between social standards and physical landscapes with particular focus on tuna consumption in Japan. Such a relationship illustrates the notion of environmental determinism. Environmental determinism is the idea that the natural characteristics of a certain place predisposes societies and cultures towards particular forms of development. There are significant connections between a place’s natural environment and the set of cultural practices that stem from it. This is particularly evident in Japan. Culinary practices like the preparation and consumption of high quality seafood are has been valued in Japanese culture for thousands of years. Such culinary practices are facing a change as tuna populations are plummeting from over fishing causing a severe decrease in oceanic biodiversity and forcing tuna prices to rise. We examined this issue through several methods of research including literary research, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis and GIS mapping. See the project portfolio here.

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