FAO Fisheries Department

Asia ís largest lagoon ecosystem now on sustainable course for the future



In 2005, the largest lagoon ecosystem in Southeast Asia

was in biological, social and economic disarray. Ponds were constructed illegally or in areas that constricted the lagoonís tidal circulation, mangroves had been cut to make room for aquaculture development, and unregulated fishing had led to overfishing and depletion. In short, the situation threatened the food, nutrition and income security of the 300.000 people in Viet Namís Hue province who relied on the lagoon. Today, thanks to the response of local people, and capacity

development in the FAO Integrated Management of Lagoon

Activities (IMOLA) project, a lagoon-wide census has set

targets for reducing the number of aquaculture ponds, and

essential habitats such as mangroves are being replanted.