Since ancient times, many people of Southeast Asia have lived in small villages. In fact, Southeast Asians consume seafood at almost twice the world’s average rate (Boehm and Zike 767). Because of the lack of much arable land on islands and even on the mainland, these villages turned to fish as a primary food source. Fish is abundant and varied, and fairly easy to catch. The picture above shows a fishing boat that was used in ancient times, now encased in glass in a museum. For centuries, fishing has supported small villages all over Southeast Asia. However, these traditional operations now must compete with massive fishing ships called supertrawlers. These supertrawlers cause concerns that the seas in this region are being overfished. The simple fishing boat is an integral part of Southeast Asian culture, because it has provided generations with fish in the absence of other livestock.
Balangay boat. flickr. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2520/4232496901_2e9d62abcd_z.jpg>.
Boehm, Richard G., and Dinah Zike. Glencoe World Geography and Cultures. New York: McGraw, 2012. Print.
“The History of Industrial Marine Fisheries in Southeast Asia.” FAO Corporate Document Repository. FAO Corporate Document Repository, n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. <http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/ag122e/AG122E03.htm>.