Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 56 Issue 1

Fisheries refugia : A regional initiative to improve the integration of fisheries and habitat management

Somboon Siriraksophon
doi: 10.6024/jmbai.2014.56.1.01750s-09

Fisheries of southeast Asia are characterised by high levels of small-scale fishing. Increasing fishing pressure, coupled with continued decline in the expanse and quality of coastal habitats critical to the life-cycles of most species, has raised serious concerns regarding the long-term sustainability of fisheries in the region. This paper presents the process on establishment of fisheries refugia and the outcomes of a regional initiative under the UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project (2002-09) to improve the integration of fisheries and habitat management. The Fisheries refugia concept is defined as “spatially and geographically defined marine or coastal areas in which specific management measures are applied to sustain important species [fisheries resources] during critical stages of their life cycle”. To support the fisheries refugia approach, the ASEAN-SEAFDEC ministries responsible for fisheries endorsed the supplementary guidelines to substantiate the Regional Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries in Southeast Asia in 2006. In addition, the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Resolution and Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security toward 2020, adopted in 2011, also support the establishment of Fisheries refugia for enhancing fisheries resources of the Southeast Asian region.


fisheries refugia, fisheries management, sustainable use, habitat management.

Date : 15-10-2014