On 4 July 2015, the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (OUIK) will hold the first lecture in its “Noto’s Satoumi Lecture Series” in Nanao City, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan.
The lecture Underwater Forest, a Cradle for Marine Life — the World of Seagrass and Seaweed in Nanao’s Satoumi will focus on the role of seagrass and seaweed in conserving marine ecosystems, with the objective of understanding the role and importance of the Noto Peninsula’s satoumi – or socio-ecological production seascapes formed and developed through human interaction with nature.
In this inaugural lecture, leading academic experts on satoumi, local stakeholders from the fisheries industry and other professionals will share their understanding of Noto’s satoumi and introduce their conservation activities. In particular, the lecture will discuss satoumi’s role in the revitalization of local industries, and how satoumi has in turn been conserved by these industries.
Underwater forests full of seagrass and seaweed are home to a diversity of marine life. In fact, satoumi or coastal sea areas, rather than the far off coasts or the deep sea, are spawning beds and breeding cradles for many marine creatures. Noto’s satoumi is home to some 200 types of seagrass and seaweed, including eelgrass, Sargassum fulvellum and endangered species such as Acetabularia calyculus Lamouroux. The diversity of seagrass and seaweed not only creates an aesthetically stunning and fascinating world, but also nurtures a rich marine environment which contributes to sustaining seafood production and local livelihoods in Noto Peninsula.
Please note that this event will be held in Japanese only. For more details, please visit our Japanese website.