Asia’s oceans are home to some of the richest and most diverse fisheries in the world. Yet its regional fisheries are threatened by pollution, excessive and destructive fishing practices, as well as coastal habitat modification such as reclamation for aquaculture or urban and industrial land. Economic growth agendas and political disputes over territorial claims compound these threats to fisheries sustainability and marine biodiversity especially in the South China Sea (SCS).
In 2014, ADMCF commissioned leading fisheries experts from the University of British Columbia (UBC) to model different climate change and fishing management scenarios to predict the future productivity and ecosystem health of the SCS over the following 30 years (to 2045). The project aimed to generate regional awareness, inform dialogue as well as generate ideas for reform. Its highly publicised findings were released in 2015 in the report ‘Boom or Bust – the Future of Fish in the South China Sea’.
In 2017, ADMCF commissioned UBC to expand this work to the East China Sea (ECS). At the same time, it was determined that there was a need to understand the implications of indiscriminate and unregulated bottom trawl fishing (termed here ‘Feed Grade Fisheries’) for productivity and biodiversity in both the SCS and ECS. With additional research undertaken by the University of Hong Kong, this wider scope aims to enable identification and documentation of the history and development (social/economic/biological) of the transition from target fisheries to ‘Feed Grade Fisheries’ in the SCS and ECS, and to determine the implications for our marine resources. The research findings will be released in 2020.
Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Global, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Regional, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
2019: Year in Review
June 15, 2020
I am writing this amidst the current global public health crisis. We’ve shut down our economies and moved indoors in response. At ADMCF, we have been reflecting on what we can learn from this challenging moment and the role of ...
Hong Kong, Regional
COVID-19 Lessons for Climate: Expect the Unimaginable and Prepare
April 7, 2020
I’ve been thinking these days about how we take this challenging moment, this public health crisis and consequent loss of life, our paralysed economies, and apply what we are learning to our equally urgent climate emergency. ...
Size Matters! Know Your Fish
December 23, 2019
Steamed fish is a staple for Hong Kong families and a favoured dish among diners in Chinese restaurants. We are perfectionists when it comes to our fish. Every step involved in cooking a dish has to be carried out flawlessly; ...