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As part of the Philippines' plan to accelerate the country's rate of aquaculture development, a study team was sent to neighboring Southeast Asian countries to observe advances for improving and developing aquaculture in the Philippines. The 3-man team, of which the author was a member, toured Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan.

In this chapter, the author discusses the fishery management problems of marine fisheries in Southeast Asia. These involve primarily the countries bordering the South China Sea. The author also describes (1) boundary/jurisdiction problems, (2) resource problems, and (3) development and management problems in the South China Sea.