Summary

IDENTIFICATION

Last updated on 25 May 2017

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Epinephelus poecilonotus

SPECIES NAME(S)

Dot-dash grouper, Dot-dash rockcod

COMMON NAMES

Dot-dash rockcod

An Indonesian multispecies fishery captures Snappers nei, Groupers nei and other reef fishes. There is as yet no consensus as to 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 Eastern Timor Sea (WPP-718) assessment unit (KKP 2011).

Grouper fisheries exist in most Indonesian FMAs, including Arafura, Aru and Timor Sea. The grouper fisheries within the regions are fished by thousand of fishers, including many subsistence fishers, meaning collection of data and information has proven to be challenging. The fisheries are targeted by multiple gears, including fish trawls which fish on the same fishing grounds as bottom longline and handlines. The fish trawls are large industrial-scale multi species vessels which transfer their catches directly to carrier vessels, and ship their catch directly overseas, particularly to Thailand and China.


ANALYSIS

Strengths

Indonesia has developed a road map to develop and implement an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). Since 2010, Indonesia has taken steps to develop indicators for the implementation of an EAFM. Groupers produced from aquaculture grow rapidly. The government has started a breeding project for the production of grouper juveniles in order to establish a stable aquaculture source. This will help to decrease the pressure on natural populations. Research into disease, food, and hybrids is also helping to improve grouper aquaculture quality (LINI 2014).

Weaknesses

Indonesia’s Commission for Stock Assessment 2010 report classifies many of the Arafura and Timor Seas fisheries as fully exploited or over exploited. This report proven that the current fishing levels on the snapper-grouper stocks in these regions are shown to be unsustainable. Furthermore recent reports showed that illegal unreported and unregulated fishing is still rampant in the Aru, Arafura and Timor Seas.

SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

NO SCORE

Managers Compliance:

NO SCORE

Fishers Compliance:

NO SCORE

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

NO SCORE

Future Health:

NO SCORE


FIPS

  • Aru, Arafura and Timor Seas snapper and grouper - handlines, bottom set longline:

    Stage 4, Progress Rating B

CERTIFICATIONS

No related MSC fisheries

Fisheries

Within FishSource, the term "fishery" is used to indicate each unique combination of a flag country with a fishing gear, operating within a particular management unit, upon a resource. That resource may have a known biological stock structure and/or may be assessed at another level for practical or jurisdictional reasons. A fishery is the finest scale of resolution captured in FishSource profiles, as it is generally the scale at which sustainability can most fairly and practically be evaluated.

ASSESSMENT UNIT MANAGEMENT UNIT FLAG COUNTRY FISHING GEAR
Aru Bay, Arafura Sea and Eastern of Timor Sea Aru Bay, Arafura Sea and Eastern of Timor Sea (WPP-718) Indonesia Bottom-set longlines
Handlines hand operated
Mechanized lines

Analysis

OVERVIEW

Strengths

Indonesia has developed a road map to develop and implement an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). Since 2010, Indonesia has taken steps to develop indicators for the implementation of an EAFM. Groupers produced from aquaculture grow rapidly. The government has started a breeding project for the production of grouper juveniles in order to establish a stable aquaculture source. This will help to decrease the pressure on natural populations. Research into disease, food, and hybrids is also helping to improve grouper aquaculture quality (LINI 2014).

Weaknesses

Indonesia’s Commission for Stock Assessment 2010 report classifies many of the Arafura and Timor Seas fisheries as fully exploited or over exploited. This report proven that the current fishing levels on the snapper-grouper stocks in these regions are shown to be unsustainable. Furthermore recent reports showed that illegal unreported and unregulated fishing is still rampant in the Aru, Arafura and Timor Seas.

1.STOCK STATUS

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

SELECT FIP

Access FIP Public Report

Progress Rating: B
Evaluation Start Date: 1 May 2012
Type: Fip

Comments:

FIP  reviewed. FIP progress rating remains B - last stage 4 results within last 12 months.

1.
FIP Development
Jul 12
2.
FIP Launch
Jan 16
Jan 17
3.
FIP Implementation
Oct 17
4.
Improvements in Fishing Practices and Fishery Management
Jul 16
5.
Improvements on the Water
Verifiable improvement on the water
6.
MSC certification (optional)
MSC certificate made public

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

No related MSC certifications

Sources

Credits

LINI. 2014. Literature Review of Grouper Fishery Condition in Indonesia. Grouper_-_Indonesia.pdf

References

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