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Marine fisheries production, although stagnating over the last two decades, has been contributing 55% of global fish production. Increased awareness of fish as a unique nutrient-rich health food, as well as source of quality animal protein, has stimulated the demand for fish in general and marine fish in particular. Over the last two decades, the Asia-Pacific region witnessed a spurt in fishing effort, resulting in dwindling fish catches. Although species richness, high fecundity and varied spawning peaks helped tropical marine fisheries overcome the challenges of higher fishing pressure, high exploitation of commercially important groups has caused serious sustainability concern. Climate change will also likely have considerable impact on fisheries sustainability. For marine harvests to keep growing, mariculture must also receive increased emphasis. Accessing extensive and reliable information on these vast and dynamic oceanic resources remains a challenging task. In this endeavour, the Asian Fisheries Society’s efforts, with support of partners, through the formation of AsiaPacific-FishWatch has been exemplary in generating and disseminating a wealth of information on the region's marine resources. While this comprehensive information base has been helping in drawing up strategic management plans for responsible fisheries by different countries in this region, I sincerely wish that the AsiaPacific-FishWatch will expand its scope and horizon in coming years by associating with more stakeholders involved with the sector.

- Dr. J. K. Jena, President, Asian Fisheries Society

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The following organisations have been involved in different ways in planning and developing AsiaPacific-FishWatch. Detailed acknowledgments of all contributions and contributors are provided for each species presentation.


Institutional sponsor

Asia Fisheries Society - www.asianfisheriessociety.org

Institutions and Roles

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia) – provider of content - www.csiro.au

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – provider of content - www.fao.org

Forum Fisheries Agency – initial planning meeting - www.ffa.int

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission – provider of content - www.iotc.org

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation – funding support for tuna presentations, Scientific Advisory Committee review - iss-foundation.org

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Indonesia) – initial planning meeting support - www.kkp.go.id

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Authority (United States of America) – funding support for initial planning meeting, initial planning meeting - www.fishwatch.gov

Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific – initial planning meeting - www.enaca.org

Secretariat for the Pacific Community – initial planning meeting, species reviewers, provider of images - www.spc.int

Shanghai Ocean University (China) – initial planning meeting - eng.shou.edu.cn

Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center – initial planning meeting - www.seafdec.org

University Putra Malaysia (Malaysia) – initial planning meeting, secretariat support to AsiaPacificFishWatch project and Asian Fisheries Society - www.upm.edu.my

Meryl J Williams – conceptual developer, initiator and director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.