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Extending capacity of fish identification skills for improved fisheries assessments

Project Code: FIS/2018/116
Program: Fisheries
Research Program Manager: Dr. Ann Fleming
Project Leader: William White - CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure
JUN 2018
JUN 2019
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Agency for Research and Human Resources Development Marine and Fisheries, Indonesia


Accurate identification of fish is a fundamental part of fisheries monitoring programs. Fisheries assessments regularly rely on fish catch data which is recorded by port based and/or on-board fisheries collection/monitoring staff. The quality of these assessments can be greatly impacted by data that is flawed as a result of incorrectly identified fish species. fishIDER (fish Identification Database and Education Resource), was developed in a previous SRA project (FIS/2016/048) to improve fish species identification in Indonesia and provide a training platform for users. The first stage focused on pelagic fishes (tunas, billfishes, sharks).

This SRA project included an initial release to selected fisheries-related scientists to obtain feedback and make necessary changes before the official launch.


Following this, fishIDER was officially launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali in October 2018. This event gained fishIDER a good level of media coverage and included an article in The Conversation. The launch coincided with the release of the stage 1 of fishIDER, the pelagic fish groups developed in the previous SRA project.

This SRA focused on developing content for the key inshore food fish groups, i.e. snappers, fusiliers, emperors, trevallies and groupers. Content for a total of 173 species were developed for fishIDER during this SRA, bringing the total species to 261 when combined with the pelagic species from the previous SRA. The translation process has continued, which included a second training workshop in Hobart for the Indonesian project team member. The services of a translation company were also sought to deliver more Bahasa Indonesian translations. A total of 85 species pages were translated during this SRA project.

A technical analysis of the design and functionality of the fishIDER WordPress site was sourced from an external website developer (Sarox). This analysis revealed a number of limitations with the current website which could cause significant issues moving forward as it expands. As a result, this developer was contracted to rebuild fishIDER on a more stable and custom designed Laravel framework. This will allow any expansion of fishIDER and improved speed, as well as allow for development of offline apps from fishIDER in the future.