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This article describes the refined version of FiRST (version 2004) and provides examples on how the database (‘TrawlBase’) has been used to date for analyses aimed at establishing historic resource baselines and examining the status of coastal fishery resources. The results show a severe decline of resource biomass to an average of 22% of pre-exploitation levels, with cases as low <4%.

Worldwide, there is serious concern about the state of fisheries; yet for Asia, which accounts for half of the global fisheries production, information on the state of fisheries in order to guide management is sparse. In this paper we review the results of a regional study that examined the state of demersal fisheries resources in the coastal areas of Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

This report presents the results of a ten-year Fisheries Co-management Research Project in Asia. The project was a collaboration of the WorldFish Center, the Institute for Fisheries Management (Denmark), and national research partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Phase 1 ran for five years from 1994 to 1998 and Phase 2 ran for another five years from 1999 to 2003.