Biodiversity of Freshwater Fish in Japan in Relation to Inland Fisheries

  • Osamu Katano
  • Shin-ichiro S. Matsuzaki
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


Japanese freshwater fish mainly inhabit rivers, ponds, lakes, and floodplains, most of which have been developed. Consequently, fish biodiversity has declined sharply as a result of human activities. Many habitats of endangered fish have been destroyed, and an increase in the number of alien species is threatening ecosystems and native fish. In many rivers and lakes, fisheries are associated with stock enhancement activities. In this chapter, we discuss the present status of freshwater fish diversity and fisheries and describe Japanese databases useful for the maintenance and restoration of biodiversity.


Rice Field Crucian Carp Largemouth Bass Irrigation Ditch Fishery Statistic 
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We thank T. Moriyama, T. Nakamura, and K. Takahashi for advice on references and K. Uehara for using photographs of endangered bitterlings. K. Kawamura, S. Mori, and K. Watanabe read an early draft of this chapter and gave us useful critical comments and advice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research Institute of Aquaculture, Fisheries Research AgencyUedaJapan
  2. 2.National Institute of Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan

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