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Current PhD Research (Oct 2009 - )
Despite its relatively small landings and fishing area covered, the marine ecosystem of Brunei Darussalam is considered a valuable reference point - a lightly harvested system within a region chronically overexploited by fisheries. Yet, fisheries research progress in Brunei is relatively slow, and the impact of fisheries in Brunei waters remain poorly understood. In this study, the status of demersal fishery resources within the continental margin of Brunei will be investigated using official fishery statistics, augmented by local ecological knowledge (LEK) obtained from fishers currently engaged in either the commercial-scale (CS) or small-scale (SS) fisheries in Brunei, and in relation to climatic variables and other fisheries-related marine ecosystem indicators. The overall aim is to assess changes in the demersal fishery resources and harvesting pressure as imposed by the CS and SS fisheries of Brunei, and simultaneously evaluate the sustainability of its demersal capture fisheries.
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