Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The extension of fishery jurisdiction out to 200 miles from the baselines used to measure the territorial sea by most of the coastal states was the dominant event in global fisheries during the decade of the 1970s. In principle, under extended jurisdiction, the coastal states have the authority to eliminate economic waste and to reduce excessive fishing pressure; on the other hand, the distant water fishing states will have to curtail their fishing activities from the traditional fishing grounds off the coastal states. The Republic of China is a typical distant water fishing state, and is seriously impacted by the new regime of fisheries jurisdiction.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the problems and opportunities of the ROC to expand her distant water tuna fisheries, taking into consideration not only the changes in the international legal regime, but also trends in the world tuna fisheries.