|Evolution and development of the Taiwanese offshore tuna fishery|
Chen, T.-Y. (2014). Evolution and development of the Taiwanese offshore tuna fishery, in: Christensen, J. et al. (Ed.) Historical perspectives of fisheries exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. MARE Publication Series, 12: pp. 133-152
In: Christensen, J.; Tull, M. (Ed.) (2014). Historical perspectives of fisheries exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. MARE Publication Series, 12. Springer: Dordrecht. ISBN 978-94-017-8727-7. XV, 276 pp. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-8727-7, more
In: MARE Publication Series. Amsterdam University Press/Springer: Amsterdam. ISSN 2212-6260, more
Taiwan history Taiwanese fishing Longline tuna Distant-water tuna Southeast Asia fishing
The depletion of tuna stocks in the waters of Southeast Asia has presented a substantial challenge to the fishing communities of post Second World War Taiwan. The purpose of this chapter is to the link the impact of quantitative changes in offshore tuna resources to the growth and decline of Taiwan’s fishing industry, and to trace the development of longline fishing techniques and their long-term impact on Taiwan’s offshore tuna fisheries. The chapter focusses on the main centres of the offshore fishing industry in Taihoku (Taipei) State and Takao (Kaohsiung) State. It begins with the introduction of tuna fishing to Taihoku State in the early 1910s, and shows how the centre of tuna fishing gradually shifted to Takao State in the mid-1930s, demonstrating how the exploitation of tuna resources in Southeast Asian waters reshaped the fishing communities of pre WWII Taiwan. The chapter also analyses the interactions between the changes in tuna abundance, the development of onboard fishing facilities and the growth and decline of the tuna longlining industry in post-WWII Taiwan.