Managing good order at sea in the Asia-Pacific
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This chapter considers good order at sea in the broader Asia-Pacific region, which comprises the following sub-regions: South-East Asia, North-East Asia, the South Pacific, and the Eastern Indian Ocean. It is only in the South Pacific that a satisfactory level of good order at sea has been achieved, with an effective system of regional arrangements covering activities such as fisheries, shipping, maritime security, marine scientific research, and marine environmental protection. This system has been possible because of the strong common interests of the small Pacific island countries in oceans and fisheries management and the establishment of an effective regional organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum, which provides political "top cover" for functional cooperation on ocean-related issues.