Fisheries Laws of Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia


In the past five years, several Asian countries have made significant revisions to their national fisheries laws. For example, Japan, in its 2020 Fisheries Law amendment, emphasized the implementation of a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) system for 80% of all fisheries catch. Vietnam, in 2017, passed a new law providing the legal basis for the State to grant management rights to community organizations to protect aquatic resources. Thailand, in its 2017 revised law, strengthened penalties against illegal fishing. These legislative changes demonstrate an increased commitment to sustainable fishing practices and adherence to international management and scientific standards. These developments are particularly relevant to China, given the similarities in socio-economic factors and challenges shared among these countries.

NRDC gathered and translated the latest fisheries law from five representative Asian countries. This effort is aimed at enhancing understanding of the latest developments in the global fisheries governance system and serves as a valuable reference for the revision of China's fisheries laws and the development of relevant implementation regulations and rules. 

The report is only available in Chinese.