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Small-scale marine fisheries policy in Vietnam


  • Pomeroy, Robert
  • Thi Nguyen, Kim Anh
  • Thong, Ha Xuan


Vietnam's marine fisheries are considered to be small scale and are concentrated in coastal near-shore waters. This has resulted in heavy pressure on near-shore fisheries resources. Near-shore fisheries are considered by fishers and the government to be over-exploited, causing hardship for many coastal communities. This paper reviews and analyzes changes in policy towards small-scale fisheries in Vietnam over the last two decades. The primary issues facing the small-scale fisheries in Vietnam are to restructure the near-shore fisheries and to address over-capacity. Recommended actions include improved fisheries statistics, resources for provincial fisheries staff, and a coordinated and integrated approach involving a mixed strategy of resource management; resource restoration; economic and community development; and new governance arrangements.

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  • Pomeroy, Robert & Thi Nguyen, Kim Anh & Thong, Ha Xuan, 2009. "Small-scale marine fisheries policy in Vietnam," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 419-428, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:419-428

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