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Profile updated on 12 December 2021
An Indonesian multispecies fishery captures snappers nei, groupers nei and other reef fishes. There is no consensus yet on the stock structure of these species. This profile may undergo restructuring in the future as new information comes to light. This profile refers to Aru Bay, Arafura Sea and the Eastern Timor Sea (WPP 718) assessment unit.
Greasy grouper is one of the 5 grouper species reported to FAO, representing around 12% of the total catches of grouper reported for Indonesia (FAO 2021). Also, according to data provided by the FIP, this species is not included in the top 20 species caught in Indonesia (Banks 2020). This report mentions that the most common species of groupers caught in WPP 718 is the Areolate grouper (Epinephelus areolatus). Official national statistics do not provide catch at the species level (BPS- Statistics Indonesia 2019). Clarification of the main species targeted by the fishery is needed.