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Indonesian fishers use a variety of methods to catch bony fishes and generally keep the entire catch (both target and bycatch species). The variety of fishes caught is huge. Despite this, accurate data on the fish species exploited by fishers in the region are currently very limited. Yet the accurate identification of all fish species brought ashore is essential for effective fisheries management.
An ACIAR project to develop new assessment and policy frameworks for Indonesia’s marine fisheries has produced a field manual on bony fishes in the region: Market fishes of Indonesia (ACIAR Monograph No. 155). The publication is the result of a 10-year survey (2001-2011) of bony fish catches sighted at various markets within Indonesia’s most populous regions of Java, Bali and Lombok. A total of nine surveys at seven fish landing sites was completed, and an impressive reference collection of almost 3,000 species was established
The manual includes 124 families of bony fishes with accompanying line drawings for their identification, plus photographs and diagnostic characters of 873 species. Details for each species include key features to identify fish in the field, a relative index of abundance, a habitat description and their known geographic distribution. Separate indexes of scientific names, English common names and Indonesian local names are provided, as is a glossary.
Market fishes of Indonesia. ACIAR Monograph No. 155
Economically important sharks and rays of Indonesia. ACIAR Monograph No. 124
ACIAR project FIS/2006/142 Developing new assessment and policy frameworks for Indonesia's marine fisheries, including the control and management of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing. The project’s final report is available.
By Dr Wendy Henderson, ACIAR's Science Communicator