Wataru Tanoue, MARINA's newest graduate, received his diploma for the Master's of Marine Affairs on June 11th, 2015. Wataru returned to Japan just days after graduation to start his new position as Assistant Director in the Ecosystem Conservation Office in the Fisheries Agency of Japan. Coincidentally, Wataru's direct supervisor is also an alumnus of SMEA's graduate program and was also advised by Professor David Fluharty.

Wataru's main responsibilities will be establishment of the international framework to conserve and manage Japanese eel and to oversee CITES issues. His Master's thesis was titled, "Japan's Total Allowable Catch Systems in Fishery Resource Management" and the abstract can be viewed here