Fishery Statistic in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, the importance of fishery statistics
as tool that provides the basic foundation crucial for the
formulation of national fisheries policies and national
management frameworks and actions as well as basis for
understanding the status and condition of the fisheries
resources, has been widely accepted. However, as the basic
structure to facilitate the development planning and management
of fisheries, the fisheries statistical items and
data set collected by countries could vary based on the
priority needs and objectives of the respective countries.
The compilation of fishery statistics in Southeast Asia has been regularly pursued by SEAFDEC from 1978 to 2007 in the form of the “Fishery Statistical Bulletin for the South China Sea Area”. Recently, SEAFDEC has exerted efforts to initiate the revision of the statistical framework so that this could better serve as basic requirement (minimum requirement) for compiling fisheries statistics that can be achieved by the countries in the region. The escalating situation in fisheries statistics in the region and the new geo-political set-up of the ASEAN, make it also necessary to revise the existing framework of the regional fishery statistics and the usage of the Bulletin in the Southeast Asian region. Thus starting in 2008, SEAFDEC has been producing the “Fishery Statistical Bulletin of Southeast Asia”, reflecting the harmonized fisheries statistical framework and system of the Southeast Asian region.