Professor Katsumi Tsukamoto, International Fisheries Science Prize Winner

The 2020 International Fisheries Science Prize was awarded to Professor Katsumi Tsukamoto from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Atmospheric and Ocean Research at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

In the citation that was attached to his nomination Professor Tsukamoto was described as “the international authority on the biology, ecology, and conservation of freshwater eels. The sheer breadth, depth, and scope of his contributions from the local to the global scale on this entire group of fishes that make up a key marine fishery, and his duration in this field, is truly unique. His tireless work not only in research and international collaboration, but in mentoring younger scientists and engagement in public outreach, including talking to school children about his work, visiting 277 schools during 2015-2018, is without par”.

Professor Tsukamoto’s prize will be awarded at the Word Fisheries Congress in Adelaide, Australia in October 2020. Unfortunately, Professor Tsukamoto is unable to attend the Congress; however, Professor David Noakes from Oregon State University, USA, a colleague of Professor Tsukamoto’s, will accept the award and present his work on his behalf. Prof Noakes research includes social behavior, ecology and life history, and evolution and polymorphism of fishes, especially salmonids. He is the Editor in Chief of Environmental Biology of Fishes, and Editor of Fish and Fisheries, and has authored about 300 scientific publications and books.