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Developing a bilingual web-based fish identification tool for field use in Indonesia
by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (Government)
This project will deliver a bilingual web-based tool to improve fish identification and fisheries monitoring. This will benefit Indonesia, but also has a wider Southeast Asian application.

All fisheries monitoring programs require accurate fish identification. Fisheries assessments routinely rely on fish catch data, as recorded by port-based enumerators and/or on-board observers. Data that is flawed as a result of incorrectly identified fish species can affect the quality of assessments. The tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission believe improving enumerators and observers fish identification skills is a priority for Indonesia and other countries in their respective jurisdictions.

Training workshops in Indonesia revealed that government-employed enumerators and local fisheries staff cannot adequately identify many important pelagic species. The Harvest Strategy development process for Indonesia's tuna fisheries has highlighted the increasing importance of addressing this situation.

This project will include supplementary information, by species, making it useful to other lines of fisheries research.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
June 2018
A bilingual web-based tool to improve fish identification and fisheries monitoring
Financing (in USD)
185,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 February - 2018 June
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (government), Agency for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Research and Development, Indonesia (government)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Peter Thompson, A/g Research Director, Marine Resources & Industries, peter.a.thompson@csiro.au, +61 3 6232 5298
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