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There are two distinct sectors within the marine fisheries of the world. One is composed of mainly company-owned large-investment fishing units, and the other of chiefly privately owned or privately-managed small-scale units.

Although fisheries production in the Indo-Pacific has markedly increased, employment opportunities have diminished, social inequalities have been exacerbated and peasant fishing households have been further impoverished. Thevarious reasons as to why this has occurred are considered.

Recent statistics on fisheries production of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countriesindicated significant development during the period 1972-1977. The fisheries resource evaluation and aquaculture production are discussed in detail.