Roles of Fishing Ports and Communities in Use and Control of the Sea
Japan is the island country which is made of 3,900 islands of various sizes. Its sea area is far larger than the land area. Along the coast there exist about 4,000 ports and 7,000 fishing communities which have taken part in use and control of the sea through fishery since old times.
These fishing ports and communities have played important roles in spatial use of the sea, in effective use, maintenance and control of living resources and in succession of sea culture.