The Artificial Reefs Experiment in Thailand
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In the last two decades, many countries throughout the world have declared their own Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), usually extending two hundred nautical miles seaward. However, in the case of some neighbouring countries, agreement has yet to be reached on their common nautical border, and thus ownership of territorial waters for inclusion in their EEZs remains in dispute. During this time the world-wide situation with regard to fishing gear and fishing technology has improved considerably. This modernization however has brought about n rapid decline in marine fishery resources, due to the increase and greater efficiency of fishing activities. As a result, the demand for more advanced technology to enhance and increase marine resources has grown strongly and rapidly, particularly for those regions where the boundaries of FEZs are still unresolved. This report contains the details, results and recommendations of an artificial reef experiment, which was performed as a contribution to advancing marine resources technology. It was conducted by a joint team comprising the Department of fisheries (DOF) Thailand, and SEAFDEC.