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Theme1 Autonomous ‘green bio-farming’ of the northern mega-benthos containing high value added products
Research theme leader: Hajime Yasui, Professor, Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University
City development starting at sea
Many people no doubt associate the words, sea, squid, sushi or other words related to the sea with the name, “Hakodate”. Recently, expectations for the sea surrounding the Hakodate area, which is rich with marine organisms, are increasing. For example, the active ingredients of gagome-konbu (Kjellmaniella crassifolia) that is only found in this area, have been a focus of attention.
Focusing on the mega-benthos (large benthic fish and shellfish found along coasts) found in the Hakodate area, our research aims to create a region where the sea and people are tightly connected with mutual interaction.
Professionals of the sea
No matter how abundant marine resources are, without people who can handle them, such resources will be wasted. Fortunately, in the Hakodate area, professional researchers, such as those at the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, have been studying the usefulness of the sea and its resources. In addition, research institutes have been commercializing several marine resources found in the sea through smooth collaboration with producers, companies and the government. With a deep knowledge of Hakodate’s character, these players are joined together in the support of the area.
Seaweeds—supporting health, beauty and ultimately life
Phrases like “being free of metabolic syndrome” and “anti-aging” are commonly seen on TV programs and magazines nowadays. It has been reported that some organisms and seaweeds found in the Hakodate area contain ingredients that have significant anti-metabolic syndrome and anti-aging effects. Further research would allow the application of such ingredients to bio-farming (future-oriented bio-resources factories that use the sea), thereby giving birth to exciting new products.
Precision production in the sea
To do business with marine resources, it is essential that high quality marine products be supplied at all times. We aim to establish a bio-farming system in the sea around Hakodate that continuously supplies attractive, high quality marine products like a precision factory.
The system is an unprecedented sea-based precision production system that uses environmentally friendly energies and resources such as solar and wind powers and spring water.
Precision production in the sea
Uganomoku (Cystoseira hakodatensis), a seaweed species native to the sea around Hakodate and rich with active ingredients (named after Uga Bay in Hakodate)
Uganomoku (Cystoseira hakodatensis), a seaweed species native to the sea around Hakodate and rich with active ingredients (named after Uga Bay in Hakodate)

Conceptual image of the lifecycle manipulation of mega-benthos
Conceptual image of the lifecycle manipulation of mega-benthos

Conceptual image of green bio-farming (future-oriented bio-resource factory)
Conceptual image of green bio-farming (future-oriented bio-resource factory)

Conceptual image of active ingredients extraction
Conceptual image of active ingredients extraction
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