Fisheries in East Asia

Political, economic and security challenges

Authored by: Tabitha Grace Mallory

Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415659857
eBook ISBN: 9781315774862
Adobe ISBN: 9781317685715

10.4324/9781315774862.ch15

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Abstract

The marine fisheries in East Asia are the most productive in the world. Fish are crucial to the economies and food security of East Asian countries. Asia has the most fishermen in the world, and the Asian diet depends more heavily on fish than does any in the rest of the world. At the same time, fish contribute to healthy ecosystems. But fisheries in East Asia are under heavy strain. China and Japan are already two of the largest fish-producing and consuming nations in the world, and demand for fish is projected to increase over the next few years as the middle classes in developing Asian countries expand.

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