Greetings from the Minister

MOON, Seong-Hyeok

Minister of Oceans & Fisheries
Republic of Korea

Greetings from the Minister
Thank you for visiting the official website of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).
I am MOON, Seong-Hyeok, the 21st minister of Ocean & Fisheries.

MOF has an executive responsibility for marine-related work encompassing shipping & port industry, fisheries industry, fishing community & coastal city, marine environment, maritime safety, marine tourism & leisure activity and maritime territory.

While it is my privilege to fulfill the duty as minister, I am humbled to undertake a grave mission to retain our hard-earned advantage and deal with piles of pending issues awaiting at sea.

First, MOF is committed to rejuvenating shipping industry and driving fisheries in an innovative way, as an all-round improvement in the industry is required to ensure Korea maintains a competitive position.

Also, the whole field of oceans & fisheries, namely shipping, port, fisheries and others, will embrace future-oriented industry responding well to smart technology.

Another priority belongs to creating more vibrant fishing villages and coastal cities attracting vacationers to improve their quality of life.

While protecting the maritime territory with an indomitable spirit, MOF will enhance the marine environment promoting fine-dust-free ports & vessels and debris-free oceans.

Last but not least, the ministry will be determined to ensure the safety of nationals in navigation and maritime activity as fully embodied in an initiative “Safety First, Safety Last”.

I have no doubts that Korea will thrive as a global ocean leader leveraged by the abovementioned marine endeavor. As MOF has embarked on this great voyage, your interest and support are herein politely required.

Thank you.
Education Background
  • 1989 ~ 1992

    Cardiff University in UK (PhD in Port Economics)

  • 1981 ~ 1983

    Korea Maritime & Ocean University (MSc in Port Transport)

  • 1977 ~ 1981

    Korea Maritime & Ocean University (BSc in Navigation Science)

  • 2019.4. ~ Present

    Minister of Oceans and Fisheries

  • 2008 ~ 2019. 3.

    Professor in World Maritime University(established by IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations)

  • 2005

    Member of Policy Advisor Committee (Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries)

  • 2004 ~ 2005

    Head of Navigation Training Center (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 2003

    Advisory Member of Presidential Transition Committee

  • 2002

    Master of a training ship (Hannara) (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 2000 ~ 2001

    Deputy Head in Planning & Research Office (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 1999

    Arbitrator in the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

  • 1998 ~ 2013

    Professor in Department of Maritime Transpor- tation Science (Korea Maritime & Ocean Univer- sity)

  • 1997 ~ 1998

    Exchange Professor in Cardiff University

  • 1995 ~ 1996

    Head Professor in Graduate School of Maritime Industries (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 1994 ~ 1995

    Head of Educational Affairs Division in Graduate School of Maritime Industries (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 1993 ~ 1998

    Deputy Head in Planning & Research Office (Korea Maritime & Ocean University)

  • 1989 ~ 1993

    Assistant Professor in Korea Maritime & Ocean University

  • 1987 ~ 1988

    Chief Officer in Hyundai Merchant Marine

  • 1984 ~ 1986

    Full-time Lecturer in Korea Maritime & Ocean University

  • 1981 ~ 1984

    Graduate Assistant in Korea Maritime & Ocean University

Awards & Decorations
  • 2013

    Prime Minister Citation