Southeast Asia are blessed with high productivity of fisheries resources because of ecology enrichment. About one-third of the world’s coral reefs and a quarter of world’s mangroves are found in the region.

In 2015, the contribution from the Southeast Asian region to the world’s total fisheries production was approximately 22.0%.

However, fisheries in Southeast Asian countries have mostly exceeded their point of sustainability for several years. Some commercially-important fishery resources and habitat in the region were degraded due to many factors e.g. overfishing, illegal fishing. If this trend continue, the fisheries will possibly collapsed soon.

Several projects have been applied to enhance fishery resources at local, national and regional levels e.g.  regulating fishing effort, restoring degraded nurseries and spawning habitats or through the juvenile releasing program.