The dimension of human idiocy is mind boggling. They have a common resource which happens to be the shallow waters of the south china sea or the submerged South China Plain. All the reefs need to become immediate refugia with carefully regulated exploitation that encourages massive growth. This will naturally support all the local fishery in the open seas.
That fishery also needs to be rationed and run with ample strips of zero harvest. All this leads to a maximization of sea life and a constant overflow into the spaced harvesting lanes. That is how you can maintain a maximal sustained harvest.
Then you wise up and start building reefs in the zero harvest lanes as well. This can increase the whole fishery several times.
This can be organized the same time they form a boundary commission in order to divvy up take and investment..
One of the World's Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse
In order to have a successful joint management system, the first step is to agree on what area you’re talking about.” With China clinging to its nine-dash line while other countries base their claims on international law, agreement just won’t be possible, he says.