Dr. Matsumura was Director of the Research Planning and Coordination Division at the National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries (NRIFSF) of Japan. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Oceanographic Division of NRIFSF during 1992-96. His specialty is satellite oceanography and he led Japanese satellite ocean color remote sensing activities, since the inception of the ADEOS/OCTS program in 1988. He established and led the ocean color research team in Japan and was involved in the practical use of remote sensing data in the development of fisheries and its management. He has been instrumental in establishing an inter-institutional collaborative research program between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Fisheries Agency (FA) of Japan, which aims at undertaking joint satellite and ship observations by fishery research fleets. He has been a visiting professor in Thailand and Vietnam (NF-POGO VP and Regional CofE) and taught many young ocean color scientists.