Economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Coral Triangle

Publication | May 2014

Consolidates information on fisheries and aquaculture using a regional lens and analytical tools. Cover the Coral Triangle countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.

Marine resources in the Coral Triangle provide food, income, and jobs to its more than 350 million residents. However, the countries bordering this species-rich area—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste—share closer links in their ecology than in their economy. Case studies explore the potential benefits of integrating these countries’ small-scale fisheries into global markets by developing opportunities for market differentiation, ensuring equitable distribution of benefits across the supply chain, and lastly, recognizing fisheries values beyond those measurable by national income accounts.

This is the first report of its kind that consolidates primary and secondary information on fisheries and aquaculture using a regional lens and analytical tools from economics. It aims to inform actions and policy discourse in the implementation of the CTI regional plan of action and the national plans of action of the six Coral Triangle countries comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. New knowledge was derived through primary data collection and existing knowledge was organized and analyzed from a regional perspective using an economic lens. The report concludes with a regional call to action.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Fish Production in the Coral Triangle: Status, Trends, and Challenges
  • Aquaculture Development Trends and Implications in the Coral Triangle
  • Connectivities in the Coral Triangle
  • Subsistence Fisheries in the Coral Triangle
  • Fisheries Value Retention in the Coral Triangle for Highly Traded Commodities
  • Assuring Sustainable Fisheries Development
  • Regional Call to Action
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Global and regional transboundary environmental concerns
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • 204
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT146478-3
  • 978-92-9254-520-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-521-5 (electronic)

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