Marine Ecology Research Institute, Japan

Data Center Description
The Marine Ecology Research Institute (MERI) was founded in 1975
under the co-supervision of the then Environment Agency,
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Ministry of Trade and
Industry, with the object of scientifically investigating
effects of intake and discharge of power plant cooling water
upon marine environment and organisms.

Since then MERI has been conducting researches, in a practical
and demon-strating way, on problems that the public is concerned
about. We have traced the movement of salmon swim-ming in and
around the warmed effluent area of a nuclear power plant, by
following fish tagged with an echo transmitter. We also have
been observing growth and behavior of fishes, shellfishes and
algae under controlled temperature conditions.

MERI has contributed to clarifying ecological effects of warmed
effluent of power plant cooling water and has been responding to
the public expectations, as a unique research institution
specializing in this field.

In recent years, MERI's research activities have expanded to a
broader area, including marine environmental amelioration
measures relating to power plant facilities, marine
radioactivity, eutrophication, enhanced ultraviolet radiation
and denuded algal beds. Development of environmental impact
estimation methods, and effects of hazardous chemical substances
on the marine environment are also among our latest study


[Summary provided by MERI]