Current status of fisheries development in South China Sea area
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A brief review of current status of fisheries development in South China Sea is made based on fishery statistics currently available. The results are summarized as follows:(1) During the past decade the number of inboard powered boats operating in South China Sea area increased by 470%. Furthermore, a good number of fishing boats exceeding 100 gross tons have also appeared. (2) During the same period there appeared a massive explosion of trawl fishery in every country. (3) The present level of marine fishery production in the area is supposed to be some 4 million metric tons valued at about US$800 million. Although numerous fisheries exists trawl, purse seine and drift gill net fisheries have played a leading role and these three fisheries alone produced 55% of the total marine catch in the area.
Yamamoto, T. (1977). Current status of fisheries development in South China Sea area. In Proceedings of the Technical Seminar on South China Sea Fisheries Resources, Bangkok, Thailand, 21-25 May 1973 (pp. 117-120). Tokyo, Japan: Japan International Cooperation Agency.