February 2, 2017
Mansfield Fellow Shares Fisheries Expertise at GRIPS Symposium
MFP No. 21 Fellow Siri Hakala was the featured speaker at a January 26 symposium hosted by the Mansfield Foundation and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. Ms. Hakala, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discussed “Similar Goals, Different Approaches: Contrasting the U.S. and Japan’s Federal Fisheries Science and Management.” The symposium was moderated by GRIPS Professor Fumihiro Kabuta.
Ms. Hakala presented an overview of historic and current differences in U.S. and Japanese fishing practices. She compared major fisheries legislation in each country as well as the organizational structure of the government agencies that implement fisheries policies, their budgets, and their research priorities. She also shared observations based on her recent placements with Japan’s Fisheries Agency and the Fishery Research and Education Agency. More than twenty-five guests — including experts from several embassies, Japanese government agencies, and media, public affairs, and academic institutions — attended the seminar and engaged in a discussion with Ms. Hakala. This month Ms. Hakala will begin a new placement with the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations (JF Zengyoren).