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As part of a joint ICLARM-Resources for the Future, Inc. program, in June 1977 the author undertook a 9-month study whose objectives were to examine changes taking place in the law of the sea, identify the likely effects, and stimulate further research and thinking about problems facing those who will be making decisions on fisheries management. Although the major areas of concern were Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, the study has general relevance to other regions of the world.
The Southern Ocean Salmon project under study by ICLARM and under consideration by Chile has a major element a solmon hatchery tentatively located on the Salto Chico in southern Chile. This discussion, in the form of a progress paper, describe the physical concept on which this hatchery is based and develops a preliminary economic analysis for its operation.
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.