Stickleback fish are native to Japan. Many Japanese environmental conservation groups make preserving the population of armorless three spined stickleback fish in Japan one of their main goals.
These environmental conservation groups in Japan aim to educate the community in areas where three spined stickleback fish
are found, about the environmental importance of these animals. The
Harinko Network is one of these environmental conservation groups.
Harinko Network is based in Gifu, Japan. The group uses various means
to spread information on the three spined stickleback fish. They produce
environmental magazines as part of their public relations efforts. The
group also educates schools and communities about the tiny animals, and
is planning to release a DVD, as part of its conservation efforts.
three spined stickleback fish are being preserved in a unique way by
the Kagano Water Preservation Society. The Kagano Water Preservation
Society used spring water from the well of Kagano Hachiman shrine, to
fill a pond built around the shrine. The pond is known as the Hariyo
The water from the well is one of 100 water sources known
as, ‘Heisei 100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters’. Armorless
sticklebacks which are in danger of extinction were released into both
the pond, and a waterway located on the west of the shrine.
area is the site of breeding activities for these fish. Children from
the local community regularly participate in clean up efforts at the
Hariyo Pond and are able to learn more about the sticklebacks through
discussions held at the site.