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Welcome to the GFCM Database on National Fisheries Legislation

Please read the 'Introduction' in the Main Page before starting.

N.B: the below reported contents are currently subject to revision and will be thus updated in due course.


For further information, please visit the Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profile of Japan in the FAO Website, here


Japan is member of the GFCM as of June 12th 1997. The country is party to the UN Law of the Sea Convention (20 June 1996) and the UN Fish Stock Agreement of 1995 (7 August 2006). Japan has ratified the FAO Compliance Agreement of 1993 (20 June 2000) but not the FAO Port State Measures Agreement of 2009.


This sections will be updated in due course.

Main fisheries laws and regulations

Main legislations
Fisheries Basic Act (Act No. 89 of 2001)
Fisheries Act, 1949 (Act No. 267 of 1949)



There is not activity of aquaculture in the GFCM Area of application for Japan