In 1959, the Society was establishedder the name “The West Japan Fisheries Economic Society.” In the first decade, the base of its activities was located at Kyushu University, and there the foundation of the Society was established. From the beginning it has been a nationwide organization with members, including foreigners, who are concerned with the fishery of West Japan. In 1994 the Society was registered as a scientific body authorized by Science Council of Japan.

To cope with the drastic changes of domestic and overseas circumstances surrounding Japan’s fishery in recent years, the Society was reorganized in 1995, and its name was changed to “The Japan Regional Fisheries Society” at that time.
The principles of the Society’s activity are aiming at being 1. Interdisciplinary, 2. International, 3. Regional.

The present membership amounts to approximately 300.