Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. Niels West


There are more than 40 types of fishing gears operated in Malaysia. These gears are classified locally into 11 gear groups based on their principles of operation. These gears have never been fully documented. This investigation attempts to document all the commercially important fishing gears in the country, the technical specifications, methods of operation, identify spacial differences in gears, operation and review the share/lay system operated in the industry.