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The multitude of species contributing to the catch of the demersal fisheries of Southeast Asia, combined with an acute lack of knowledge on the biology of these species and the scarcity of good statistical data on the fisheries themselves, have traditionally made resource assessments in tropical waters one of the most difficult problems encountered by fishery biologists.
The fry industry of the milkfish in the Philippines is alleged to suffer from certain inefficiencies, principal among which are an annual shortage to meet the stock requirements of the 176,000 ha of fishponds in the country, and the failure of the pricing system to direct and allocate the fry resources geographically. Contrary to these and other allegations, this paper presents a preliminary analysis that indicates a higher level of performance for the industry than hitherto supposed.
The International law of the sea is undergoing significant changes affecting the use and enjoyment of marine fishery resources. The effects of these changes, however, are quite dissimilar among the different regions of the world, because of the wide disparity in the characteristics and geography of the coastal states and the fishery resources.