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Despite increased evidence of overfishing of coastal and inland resources in the Indo-Pacific region, government fisheries development programmes, for the most part, retain their 'production' orientation. Using the familiar static economic model of the fishery and assuming the resource is both biologically and economically overfished, the author examines the likely impact on sustainable yields and fishing incomes of various development programmes.

The working together of the Solomon Islands and Japan on tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis ) industrialization requires cooperation and mutual trust. This must be based on an understanding of history and everchanging socioeconomic climates, which may be obtained from case studies such as that currently being funded by ICLARM and the Rockefeller Foundation on the South Pacific tuna industrialization.

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