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ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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This book is the first on the history of the marine fisheries of Southeast Asia. It takes as its central theme the movement of fisheries into new fishing grounds, particularly the diverse ecosystems that make up the seas of Southeast Asia. This process accelerated between the 1950s and 1970s in what the author calls “the great fish race”. Catches soared as the population of the region grew, demand from Japan and North America for shrimps and tuna increased, and fishers adopted more efficient ways of locating, catching, and preserving fish. But the great fish race soon brought about the severe depletion of one fish population after another, while pollution and the destruction of mangroves and coral reefs degraded fish habitats. Today the relentless movement into new fishing grounds has come to an end, for there are no new fishing grounds to exploit. The frontier of fisheries has closed. The challenge now is to exploit the seas in ways that preserve the diversity of marine life while providing the people of the region with a source of food long into the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. x
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. xii-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Permissions
  2. p. xix
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  1. Explanatory Notes
  2. pp. xx-xxii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. The Fisheries of Southeast Asia in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 27-59
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  1. 3. State, Economy, and Fisheries to the 1930s
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. 4. Catching More with the Same Technology, 1870s to 1930s
  2. pp. 75-122
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  1. 5. Technological Change and the Extension of the Frontier of Fisheries, 1890s to 1930s
  2. pp. 123-167
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  1. 6. The Great Fish Race
  2. pp. 168-233
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  1. 7. The Closing of the Frontier
  2. pp. 234-292
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 293-369
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 370-372
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. p. 373
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  1. Appendix 3
  2. p. 374
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 375-387
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  1. Notes and Sources for Maps and Figures
  2. pp. 388-393
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 394-433
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 435-442
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  1. The Author
  2. p. 443
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